Today on Morning Joe, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas), had quite the disaster of an interview. The interview started to go badly when the fiscal cliff negotiations came up. Scarborough, who agrees with Huelskamp on taxes and spending, asked him about his willingness to compromise on tax increases in order to secure spending cuts. Heulskamp’s absolute unwillingness to bend on even the smallest tax increase visibly aggravated Scarborough, who after pressing the issue for a few minutes, turned the conversation to gun control.
Huelskamp, also refusing to budge and inch on gun control, quickly made the mistake of accusing those who are speaking about gun control of, “politicizing the deaths of children.” The verbal disembowelment Scarborough engages in is something to behold. The Huffington Post has the video and transcript:
Huelskamp said it was a constitutional issue and added, “Let’s step back. Le’ts not build on the tragedy in Connecticut and use that to actually push a political agenda.”
Scarborough seemed to grow incensed. “Use that? To push a political agenda?” Scarborough asked.
“Oh, absolutely,” Huelskamp said. “This president and his folks are using this to push—”
Scarborough interrupted the Kansas congressman and said, “Let’s talk about September 11th, congressman. Were there some changes made in this country because of the tragedy of September 11th? Was that just using a tragedy — 3,000 deaths — to try to make americans safer? Do you dare come on my show and say I am using the slaughter of 20 little 6 and 7-year-old children; I’m using that for political purposes, Tim?”
“Joe, how many children do you have?” Huelskamp asked.
“I’ve got four children, Tim. Answer my question,” Scarborough said.
“So do I. And I refuse to let you say that because you have children, or anybody else, that we need to actually politicize this. But I see folks in Washington — I don’t know about you. I don’t watch your show. You’re trying to politicize this,” Hueslkamp charged.
“Tim, I’m not going to let you say that I am, quote, politicizing the slaughter of 26 or 27 children. But you said anybody that’s talking about this … Maybe some of us just believe that we have to do whatever we can — whether it’s looking at mental health, whether it’s looking at violent culture of video games and Hollywood movies, whether it’s looking at the proliferation of these weapons, whether it’s looking at what happened in Oregon, what happend in Colorado, what happened in Virginia, what happened in Connecticut, what continues happening, congressman.”
He added, “So we can’t at least talk about guns without you questioning my integrity and saying that I’m using the death of 20 children to try to make life for my children a little bit safer? We can’t even talk about it without you coming on this show and insulting me personally?”