Rabid Douche Congressman Tim Huelskamp Gets Rabid Douche All Over Rachel Maddow (Video)


Some crazy shit went down after the State of the Union, and we’re not talking about Michael Grimm. Rachel Maddow asks Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp to elaborate on the tweets he sent during the speech, and he quickly accelerates from grumpy to bonkers. Say hello to your new anger-bear star, America!

Huelskamp had tweeted that Obama “politicized” the military by praising Army Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, then went on teevee to explain that, in calling for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama “ran against the military.” Because obviously, if you love America, you will keep wars going forever. Once they got to the topic of Benghazi, Huelskamp melted down and told Maddow,

“We need answers about a lot of things. This administration promised to be the most transparent in history, Rachel, and if you would stop being a cheerleader and not a journalist, maybe we would get the answers.”

We especially like the way Huelskamp sort of lunges toward the camera when he wants to emphasize a point.

Maddow did bait Huelskamp a little bit about his Benghazi tweet, asking if his sarcastic “Was there a diplomat in Benghazi that gave his life for his country Mr. President?” was meant to imply that Ambassador Christopher Stevens somehow hadn’t given his life for his country. Come on, Rachel, that was cheesy. A far better question would have been to ask why Benghazi was the first thing that came to mind while Obama was praising Sgt. Remsburg’s courage and sacrifices. In any case, the point was quickly left behind in Huelskamp’s meltdown.

Also fun: Maddow trying to get Huelskamp to explain how exactly executive orders, a routine part of presidential power, are “lawless”:

Maddow: Are you making the case that this president is acting in an unlawful manner by proposing the things he proposed in his State of the Union address?

Huelskamp (with finger-stabbing): The President acted in numerous unlawful manners, particularly in his willingness to suspend parts of Obamacare … I think that’s lawlessness, I don’t think he has that authority. I do not think he had the authority to make recess appointments; I think the Court’s going to agree with me … [ed. note: neither of those were in the SOTU, but whatevs, gotta get the talking point in there.]

Maddow: Sir, I’m just trying to focus on the case that you’re making, which is that his speech…

Huelskamp: A speech makes no law! The President makes good speeches…

Maddow (quoting Huelskamp’s tweet): … “reads like dictates from a King. [hashtag]LawLess”; What did he say in the speech that was lawless tonight?

Huelskamp: …Fourteen different points where the President said, ‘I don’t like the American people, who they elected…’ That’s what the President was saying! He said, ‘I don’t like Congress! I don’t like the American people that sent these people up here, and so he listed fourteen different dictates, executive orders…

Maddow: Dictates? Are executive orders lawless?

Huelskamp: An executive action without authority is lawlessness.

Maddow: Executive orders by presidents are lawless?

Huelskamp: If there is no authority! …

Maddow: (helpless laughter) We’re in a circle. If there’s no authority, it has no authority … Congressman Huelskamp, your tweet stream tonight and and your arguments here…

Huelskamp: Enjoy ’em!

Maddow: …are from two totally different universes.

Huelskamp closed by accusing Obama of having caused poverty and then “preach[ing] about income inequality that he created!” Maddow said that while she’s enjoyed seeing Huelskamp on TV with other reporters, she found him “spectacularly disingenuous” but hoped they could continue the conversation on her show.

Best TV of the night.

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  1. Floyd Blandston

    Stupid people understand each other. Hjkgump is an excellent representative of the views, interests, and abilities of a large segment of our populace. I have a plan on how to deal with them, but I think that we should probably not say much about it until they’re on the trains and headed for the camps. Now, to keep O from letting on about it anymore than he already has…

  2. Ninja0980

    Have relatives of my mom that still live in Kansas who can only shake their heads at what has happened to the Republican Party.
    Back in their day,guys like this wouldn’t have been elected dogcatcher,let alone to Congress.

    1. abcdf@gg.inv

      My relatives in Kansas are dead, thank dog, although they’re probably upfisting Congr. “Blah Preznint Has No Authoriteh” Huelskamp in their graves.

  3. Joseph

    Oh Dear! It seems Rep. Huelskamp missed his evening medication. Or it could be Kansas. My daddy told me the smell of cow-shit could penetrate the blood-brain barrier – at least that is how he excused my uncle Oswald.

      1. NoNotThatOne

        We’re basically Arkansas with an additional urban area, a lot less scenery, and maybe (I said maybe, dammit) fewer white supremacists.

    1. abcdf@gg.inv

      Playing dumb and asking someone to break down their arrant bullshit is a great wingnut derailing tactic. Huelskamp thinks he’s a ninja because he blithely changed the subject when she attempted this gambit.

  4. Farb

    Ever notice how angry these guys are? Probably because they are patriots, because it’s obviously not because they are delusionals with anger management issues.

  5. Floyd Blandston

    So you’re going for more of a Soviet ‘they must be crazy’ approach. Good, good; also effective, but harder to initiate without an actual majority invested in the state interest. Maybe after the actual putsch takes hold! 🙂

  6. MBouffant

    Uh, Timmy, could you stop projecting for just a moment

    That’s what the President was saying! He said, ‘I don’t like Congress! I don’t like the American people that sent these people up here

    & tell us again how you feel about the Americans who voted for Obummer, & who gave more votes to Democratic Representatives than to Republicans?

    P.S.: They all hate you, Timmy.

  7. William

    I would post this to my facebook as an example of GOP stupidity but too many of my friends wouldn’t get it. They would think that kansas boy really showed the liberal media gal. Sigh….

  8. Sports Princess

    LMAO, now I’m actually seeing this. He can’t articulate a single thought. These idiots still don’t know the difference between a consulate and an embassy. And they still don’t understand the separations of power.

  9. jdubhub68

    Huelskamp is vying for the tile of King of the Gish Gallop. Wow, so many straw men, arguments by assertion, non sequiturs, and outright lies in one response.

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