On the same day that a poll found that many Republicans did not know where Benghazi was even though they considered last year’s terrorist attack there to be the biggest scandal in American history, tea party leader Dick Armey confused the city with the country of Bangladesh.
Fox News on Monday invited Armey, who was ousted as chairman of FreedomWorks last year, to weigh in on the news that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had improperly scrutinized tea party groups to determine if they had abused their tax-exempt status.
“You have to understand that this is a politically-mandated suppression of the expression of resistance to big government,” Armey explained. “I’m amazed that anybody would be surprised that this was happening.”
“It’s a debilitating stupidity on their part. When the real professional really undercovers [SIC] a serious transgression against the law by somebody they won’t now be able to prosecute it in an orderly fashion because they biased the case against themselves.”
Fox News host Gregg Jarrett pointed out to Armey that the White House had insisted that it was surprised by news that the IRS was targeting tea party groups.
“I imagine that they probably don’t know any more about that than they do about Bangladesh or any number of other things,” the former House majority leader quipped.
“You mean, Benghazi,” Jarrett observed.
“The White House is a beautiful example of being capable of hiding your hands,” Armey continued. “First they throw the ball through your window, then they hide their hands and pretend they know nothing about it. Of course, the White House knows about it. They are the most ruthless politicians I’ve ever seen in America.”
A survey released by Public Policy Polling on Monday found that 41 percent of Republicans believed that the alleged Benghazi cover up was the biggest scandal in American history. The poll also found that 39 percent of those people did not know that Benghazi was located in Libya.
Bangladesh is located in South Asia, about 6,000 miles from Benghazi.
Watch this video from the Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, broadcast May 13, 2013.