Offering what has been described as a “bizarre” tactic, Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) blamed TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party members for the IRS targeting them for harassment as reported by The Washington Post on June 4, 2013.
Yet this isn’t the first brush the Seattle Democrat has had with controversy, to include once publically complaining of reading the Constitution of the United States, as previously covered by Examiner.com.
In what some have likened to blaming a rape victim for being physically attractive, McDermott lashed out at TEA Party members and other members of grassroots organizations who testified before Congressregarding the IRS admitting to targeting them and like-minded groups for extra scrutiny that crossed the line and entered the realm of harassment.
Laying into the Average Joes and Janes who were seeking tax exempt status for their groups, McDermott stated:
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If you didn’t come in and ask for this tax break, you would have never had a question asked of you.
You are immersed in some of the most controversial political issues in the country, and you are asking the American people to pay for that activity.
McDermott’s acid tongued assault prompted fellow Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) to tell the witnesses, to the cheers of the audience:
Welcome to Washington.
You’re to blame, I guess is the message here.
Not A Babe In The Woods…
As seen on the video (click here), McDermott once complained from the well of the House that he was “tired of reading the Constitution” and other “silly” related documents.
Prior to the American attack on the Saddam Hussein regime, the Iraqi Secret Police, Jihaz Al-Mukhabarat Al-A’ma, secretly financed a trip to Iraq for three very vocal anti-war U.S. Members of Congress.
One of those three recipients of Saddam Hussein’s largesse was Congressman Jim McDermott.
In 2008, Rep. McDermott was court ordered to pay over $1 million in attorney’s fees to another Member of Congress.
The court found that McDermott was given a tape of an illegally recorded phone conversation, then the Washington State lawmaker illegally released the tape to the press.
McDermott was ordered to pay the total of $1,093,279.00 to cover the attorney costs of the offended fellow Congressman
The current Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) was the offended party.