Exploiting a tragedy

by J.E. McReynolds Modified: June 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm •  Published: May 30, 2013

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., reached a new low in classless crassness with his rant accusing Republicans of ignoring perils of the planet that he says affect the weather. This was delivered on the Senate floor on the same day that Moore was hit with the tornado.

A day later, the senator’s spokesman said the remarks were prepared in advance and “tragically, and unbeknownst to the senator at the time, a series of tornadoes were hitting Oklahoma at the same time he gave his remarks.”

The mea culpa is hollow given that killer tornadoes also hit Oklahoma the day before. The victims and survivors of that storm were no less affected than those in Moore. Whitehouse knew about the May 19 storms yet pressed ahead with his remarks blaming bad weather on human activities.

While the occupant of the White House came to Oklahoma to comfort victims, Whitehouse turned them into props for his climate change agenda.

Victims and survivors need help, not a sermon, in the first hours following a storm. The senator from Rhode Island displayed all the tact of an unscrupulous contractor trolling for roofs to repair in exchange for a cash deposit.

by J.E. McReynolds
Opinion Editor
J.E. McReynolds is Opinion editor at The Oklahoman and has worked for the newspaper’s Opinion section since 1995. He joined The Oklahoman as business editor in 1985 and was previously managing editor of The Journal Record. A native Oklahoman,...
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