Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX), who Mother Jones called “the nuttiest freshman in Congress,” still has Benghazi Fever and it seems to be making him say really insensitive, silly things. In an interview with Newsmax TV, otherwise known as “Fox News Without Broadcast Satellites,” Stockman drew one of the most absurd comparisons ever. “We spent more time on Trayvon Martin than we did on foreign policy which could jeopardize other lives,” Stockman told Newsmax.
Stockman continued, “It’s a tragedy in this nation that we somehow lose focus on things and drop the ball. This is a really serious case and we see the administration, consulate and the Democrats in joining together in stopping the investigation.” It just boggles the mind that Stockman would even think the two tragedies are even tangentially-related but more importantly this interview gives everyone a clear picture of how TEApublicans in Congress rate their priorities.
The fact is that the White House and Congress have done nothing in the Trayvon Martin case. When President Obama delivered his impromptu remarks about the Zimmerman verdict, and the state of race relations in general, Obama wasn’t issuing any executive orders or even suggesting new legislation — he was just commenting on a story that can truly only be defined as “tragedy.”
Clearly though, Stockman and his Tea Party cohorts would rather drag the entire Obama Administration through the mud over Benghazi than to actually look at the problems that face African-Americans every single day in this country. What makes the Martin case so terrible isn’t just the outcome, it’s that it’s not nearly as isolated an incident as the right-wing would have you believe. Neither tragedy should be overlooked for opportunities to make things better, but Congressman Stockman should be ashamed of himself for implying the president was in any way wrong for talking about Trayvon Martin, or that in doing so he’s being neglectful of the “investigation” (witch hunt?) of Benghazi.
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