Sick: Harry Reid exploits Marines’ deaths to knock sequester
posted at 3:54 pm on March 19, 2013 by Guy Benson
RCP has the video, Katie has the write-up. Upon hearing about a deadly explosion that killed seven Marines in his home state, the Senate Majority Leader raced to the floor to false imply that the accident had something to do with sequestration. Dead Marines, you say? Why, this might be a fine opportunity for me to attack Republicans! This is a new low, even for him:
As I indicated, it was quite a big explosion. We’ll follow this news very closely. I will do whatever I can going forward to support the United States military and the families of the fallen Marines. Mr. President, it’s very important we continue training our military, so important. But one of the things in sequester is we cut back in training and maintenance. That’s the way sequester was written. Now, the bill that’s on the floor, we hope to pass today helps that a little bit. At least in the next six months, it allows the military some degree of ability to move things around a little bit. Flexibility, we call it, and that’s good. But we have to be very vigilant. This sequester should go away. We have cut already huge amounts of money in deficit reduction. It’s just not appropriate, Mr. President, that our military can’t train and do the maintenance necessary. These men and women, our Marines were training there in Hawthorne. And with this sequester, it’s going to cut back this stuff.
The USMC is, needless to say, displeased with this ghoulish attempt at partisan point-scoring (via NBC News):
Now I can tell you, Marine Corps officials this afternoon are taking a strong exception to what Harry Reid implied. Saying that this exercise, for example, was planned well in advance, had nothing to do with the budget cuts. There were no corners cut, and if they couldn’t afford to have all the safety precautions into place, they wouldn’t do the exercise. And in fact, one Marine Corps official told us a short time ago that he considers this nothing but pure political posturing on the backs of these dead Marines.
Democrats have been caught lying about President Obama’s sequester cuts over and over and over again. Indeed, Jim Geraghty flagged another dubious anti-sequester ploy at Miami International Airport just today. But instantly exploiting a deadly explosion to make a crass political point about unrelated, miniscule budget reductions is beyond appalling; it’s outright shameful.
UPDATE – AP has more. The public needs to be made aware of this.