Democratic Senator Blames Republicans for Oklahoma Tornadoes

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 21, 2013   |   10:00AM   |   Washington, DC

It wasn’t enough that liberal comedian Lizz Winstead decided the aftermath of the Oklahoma tornadoes was a good time to blame conservatives for the death and destruction it caused. Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse blamed Republicans as well.

While Americans were glued to their television sets to see pictures of the horrendous tornadoes and hear about children in storm shelters at their schools, Whitehouse was on the Senate floor attacking Republicans for denying so-called global warming.

Whitehouse spent 15 minutes attacking Republicans and justified his comments by referring to states that seek federal assistance in the wake of natural disasters.

“So, you may have a question for me,” Whitehouse said. “Why do you care? Why do you, Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, care if we Republicans run off the climate cliff like a bunch of proverbial lemmings and disgrace ourselves? I’ll tell you why. We’re stuck in this together. We are stuck in this together.”

He added: “When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover. And the damage that your polluters and deniers are doing doesn’t just hit Oklahoma and Alabama and Texas. It hits Rhode Island with floods and storms. It hits Oregon with acidified seas, it hits Montana with dying forests. So, like it or not, we’re in this together.”



According to the Daily Caller, Whitehouse went on to attack conservatives.

“You drag America with you to your fate,” he continued. “So, I want this future: I want a Republican Party that has returned to its senses and is strong and a worthy adversary in a strong America that has done right by its people and the world. That’s what I want. I don’t want this future. I don’t want a Republican Party disgraced, that let its extremists run off the cliff, and an America suffering from grave economic and environmental and diplomatic damage because we failed, because we didn’t wake up and do our duty to our people, and because we didn’t lead the world. I do not want that future. But that’s where we’re headed. So I will keep reaching out and calling out, ever hopeful that you will wake up before it is too late.”