Senator John Kennedy suggested earlier this week that Saule Omarova, Joe Biden’s choice to oversee the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, was a communist because she was born in Soviet-controlled Kazakhstan. “I don’t know whether to call you professor or comrade,” Kennedy sneered at Omarova during a Senate Banking Committee hearing.
Now, the good ol’ boy Congressman has been publicly chastised for his deliberate ignorance, with Omarova issuing a stinging rebuke and social media accusing him of demeaning the law professor in order to gain airtime on Fox News. He did appear on the cable network, however it’s unclear why he wanted to bring up the hearing and his terrible performance.
Kennedy attempted to defend his actions to Fox News presenter Bill Hemmer, but instead concocted a story that, believe it or not, made him look even worse than his outright McCarthyism.
Kennedy told Hemmer about the event, “I asked her if she had ever been a member of the communist party.” “Then [Senate Banking Chairman] Sherrod Brown screamed at me and tried to stop me from asking questions, and I told him to shut up.”
Kennedy went on to brand Biden’s candidacy a “neo-socialist” before screaming about how anyone questioning our current banking system is nearly un-American.
“I just think the American people have a right to know that the president has nominated someone to regulate our banks who believes, as she stated, in getting rid of banks and has been a communist party member,” Kennedy said.