A top Senate Democrat said that a leading House Republican told President Obama that they could not ‘even stand to look at you’ during negotiations over the government shutdown.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said in a Facebook post that the alleged confrontation happened during a meeting between Republicans and the president.
“Many Republicans searching for something to say in defense of the disastrous shutdown strategy will say President Obama just doesn’t try hard enough to communicate with Republicans,” Durbin said. “But in a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you.'”
“What are the chances of an honest conversation with someone who has just said something so disrespectful?” the Illinois Democrat added.
An aide to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he had “no idea what [Durbin’s] talking about.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Durbin did not say when the alleged confrontation occurred, and whether the exchange happened in the period preceding or during the shutdown that shuttered government for 16 days earlier this month.
So, one of the more obnoxious and embarrassing Democrats makes up a story on Facebook smearing Republicans and it gets reported.
This would be a story if it were true. But there is a high degree of probability that it’s not, especially given the thin-skinned nature of our current Chief Executive. Had this actually happened President Whiny McMomjeans would have been simpering about it to his dutiful lapdogs in the press.
As it stands, this is just a baseless accusation that makes Republicans look bad.