Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), one of the star members of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, got a rather uncomfortable question during an appearance Thursday morning on C-SPAN.
“Hi, good morning,” said a caller who identified himself as “Glen” from Salt Lake City, coming in on C-SPAN’s phone number for Democrats. “My question is, since we’re spending all this money, where are we getting the money from? And my second question is: If I can shit in your mouth?”
“I apologize for that, congressman,” host John McArdle told the visibly stunned lawmaker, as the caller was cut off. “We don’t take that kind of language here on the Washington Journal. We’ll move on.”
On a side note: It is somewhat curious that “Glen” called in on the number for Democrats, but that the initial wind-up of his prank call used the same sort of fiscal hawk language bandied by right-wing members like Brat.
Brat was first elected in 2014, in a stunning upset as a Tea Party-aligned challenger in the Republican primary against then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Brat’s victory briefly shook up the political landscape, and in the long run prevented Cantor from ever becoming Speaker of the House.
Indeed, when former Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced this past September that he was resigning, he revealed that it had been his original intention to retire at the end of 2014, and to pass on the gavel to Cantor. The latter man’s loss “changed that calculation,” however, thus causing him to stay on for an additional year.