While the rest of the Republican party puzzles over what happened to allow upstart Tea Party candidate Dave Brat to soundly defeat the fourth most powerful man in Congress and the most powerful Republican in his state, Laura Ingraham announced from her seat at the Powerhouse Roundtable on This Week Sunday morning that it was her clever wit that brought Cantor to his knees.
“He can’t take a joke about a prisoner swap,” she told her fellow panelists. “He has no sense of humor. That’s why he lost.”
Ingraham was referring to a “joke” she had told at a rally for Brat on June 4 when she suggested that the President should have traded one Jew (Cantor) for Bowe Bergdahl rather than five Taliban. She claimed that his reaction to the “joke” proved that he was too thin skinned and couldn’t take a joke.
Cantor’s didn’t think that remarks like hers added to any serious political discourse nor did he believe that those who identify as Tea Party or Libertarian supported that sort of remark, adding that “it cheapens the debate.”
She did give some credit to those who voted against Cantor because of his stance on immigration reform. Both Brat and Cantor claimed to be against immigration reform, or as they call it amnesty. But according to ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Lindsey Graham said no one knows where Eric Cantor stands on the issue because what he says about it today may be the opposite of what he says tomorrow.
Watch the discussion below.