Sen. Al Franken (D – MN) was not happy with Sen. Ted Cruz (R – TX) for allegedly impugning his integrity — and on Wednesday, he let the world hear about it during a heated exchange with his fellow senators.
At issue was the fact that Cruz had accused Franken of misrepresenting the civil rights record of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R – AL), who is now in the process of being confirmed as President Trump’s nominee for attorney general.
During a speech in the Senate on Wednesday, Franken took time to correct the record to show that it was Cruz who had misrepresented the facts. Among other things, he noted that Cruz had falsely claimed that 1986 testimony about Sessions making racially insensitive remarks had been recanted, when in fact it hadn’t.
Franken’s colleague Sen. John Cornyn (R – TX) objected to Franken’s speech, and said it was inappropriate for him to call out Cruz when the senator wasn’t even in the room to defend himself.
Franken, however, was undeterred.
“Senator Cruz did the very thing Senator Cornyn is accusing me of doing,” Franken shot back. “In my absence… he personally went after me, he personally impugned my integrity. You didn’t object then, did you?”
Check out the entire exchange below.
Colbert names Trump’s siege on DC the ‘Tinyman Square’ incident
It wasn't quite Tiananmen Square, where a still-unknown number of Chinese protesters were murdered by the government in 1989, but it was the closest thing President Donald Trump managed to score this week.
After watching the footage of the military tear gas, beat and shoot at protesters so Trump could march from the presidential bunker to St. John's Church for the cameras.
"It was like Tiananmen Square," Colbert deemed. "Except, in Trump's case, Tinyman Square."
Trump claimed on "The Fox & Friends" that no one was tear-gassed, so it's unclear what was stinging people's eyes and making them cough, choke and tear up. The Park Police released a statement saying it wasn't tear gas. While the moment was captured on video from dozens of different camera angles, one protester actually grabbed a canister of Oleoresins Capiscum, or "OC," the gas that was used.
Vladimir Putin must love watching the US fall apart: columnist
New Yorker columnist Susan Glasser made the astute observation that if Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to destabilize the United States with the election of President Donald Trump, he's clearly achieved his objective.
It was reported in March that Russian intelligence services are working to incite violence using white supremacist groups to try and sow racial chaos in the United States ahead of the November election.
Conservative columnist links all Republicans to the attack on Lafayette Square
Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump decided to walk across Lafayette Square for a photo-op. To get there, however, it took an outright battle with mounted park police, police covered in body armor and rattled Secret Service members who had just rushed the president to the bunker several nights before. Armed with semi-automatic weapons and military gear, they staged a siege on Lafayette Square against unarmed hippies, woke whites and people of color, again, forced to fight for justice.
Writing for the Washington Post Wednesday, conservative columnist Max Boot attacked Attorney General Bill Barr, who accepted responsibility for demanding that demonstrators be tear-gassed, beaten and shot with rubber bullets. Like Bull Conor ordering fire hoses on students marching in Birmingham, Alabama, Barr's attack on Lafayette Square for a photo-op proved he is willing to do what it takes to stroke the fractured ego of a president forced to cower in a bunker.