Another Republican who brought shame to his country died this week as former Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) passed away. But while conservatives and some Democrats are rushing to offer praise and reverence, some Twitter users are pointing out why he deserves neither.
Hatch had been one of the longest-serving Republican senators prior to his retirement in 2018. To replace him, Utah voters elected Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who would go on to demonstrate that, unlike Hatch, he would not be a rubber stamp for Donald Trump. In fact, Romney would voted to convict Trump in both of his impeachment trials.
It’s hard to believe that Hatch would have done the same thing considering his allegiance to Trump when he left office.
Since news of Hatch’s death, Republicans and Democrats have been issuing statements gushing over him, calling him a “legend,” “kind,” and a lawmaker who worked with the opposing party.
However, these glowing tributes forget about or straight up ignore the dark side of Hatch’s political life. Thankfully, Twitter users reminded everyone.
“I wouldn’t want to see homosexuals teaching school anymore than I’d want to see members of the American Nazi Party teaching school.”-Orrin Hatch https://t.co/LQxhPHCd2C
— Michael Arria (@michaelarria) April 24, 2022
Just because someone dies doesn’t mean all the terrible things they’ve done are suddenly erased. Orrin Hatch was a bigot and that doesn’t change with flowery eulogies. 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/DS4KGiiBaL
— Konrad Juengling (@PDX_er) April 24, 2022
Under no circumstances do you just gotta hand it to Orrin Hatch, the pharmaceutical lobby’s single most loyal and bankrolled senator at a time that saw medicine prices skyrocket and bankrupt people
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) April 24, 2022
Orrin Hatch. Dead.
Another Reagan Republican who sold gullible Americans on Trickle Down, not to mention his lunatic loyalty to Trump. Sad, really.
Another womanizing, homophobic, racist Republican.
— Jeffrey Ⓥ (@LiftForever67) April 24, 2022
I was extremely delighted when Orrin Hatch left office. He stayed way too long and did far more for himself than the people of Utah while in office. He doesn’t deserve reverence for his public service. I look forward to hearing that Mike Lee is leaving just as much. #utpol
— Allen Glines (@AllenBGlines) April 24, 2022
To praise Orrin Hatch for “working across party lines” is like praising Jeffrey Dahmer for his military service.
— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) April 24, 2022
These white men that terrorized Anita Hill got to live long, happy lives and even become the President of the United States of America.
I think Jesus might actually be a blonde-haired, blue-eyed White man.
— I Am Not Your Negroliberal (@negroliberals) April 24, 2022
Former Senator Orrin Hatch is dead, a genuine piece of shit who happily contributed to the GOPs decline into a desperate sad pack of idiots with no ideas and nothing left but cheating and riling up ginned up fears of Gays and blacks in order to consolidate power. Good riddance.
— Curtis Jensen (@curtisjunk) April 24, 2022
Now, it’s not like Hatch did not do some good while in office. He fought against his own party to pass CHIP, a health insurance coverage program for children. He also voted to confirm the late-Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg to the Supreme Court. But the point is that Hatch is receiving an overwhelming number of tributes that ignore the fact that he has fought against women’s rights for decades, treated Anita Hill like sh*t during the confirmation hearings that put corrupt Justice Clarence Thomas on the high court, pushed economic policies that put our country deeper in debt and screwed over the middle class and the poor, and supported Donald Trump like a loyal toady.
This man not only did not deserve the Presidential Medal of Freedom Trump hung around his neck, but he is also not worthy of the kind of blind praise and reverence he is receiving now in death.
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