My mouth literally dropped open when I read this. We all know Democrats routinely like to use minorities and victims as human shields – especially in the middle of a heated debate on a contentious issue, but this absolutely takes the cake.
This is video of her floor remarks.
The story, as reported by the liberal TMPDC site:
As Democrats ramp up their day-long press tour to criticize the House Republican plan to vote on a repeal of the landmark health care reform bill today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is using this month’s tragedy in Tucson to take on the GOP.
Speaking at a press conference this morning, Wasserman Schultz — who was joined by several other Democratic members of Congress as well as several Obama administration officials including Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius — said that one of the heroes of the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in the hospital is opposed to the House legislative action today.
“Normally I would step to a microphone like this and tell a story about the impact that decision might have on a constituent in my district,” Wasserman Schultz said. “Instead what I’m going to do is share with you what Pat Maisch — who was the hero who dropped the second magazine out of the gunman’s hand during the tragedy in Tucson — what she planned to say to Gabby Giffords when she was waiting on line to talk to her.”
Wasserman Schultz said Maisch wanted the health care reforms signed into law by President Obama in March kept in place, and that the Arizona grandmother bemoaned the tone of the repeal debate led by the new Republican House majority.
“[Maisch] wanted me to share that she wanted us to choose our words more carefully,” Wasserman Schultz said. “She had planned to tell Gabby, amazingly even before this tragedy, how inappropriate she thought [it was that] ‘job-killing’ was part of the title of this legislation.”
The NYT’s Caucus blog has more:
In her defense of the health care law, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democrat of Florida, said Wednesday that the woman who grabbed the second magazine out of the hands of the gunman accused of shooting Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others had come to see Ms. Giffords in Tucson that day to urge her to fight Republican efforts to repeal the law.
“Heed the words of Pat Maisch, heed the words of millions needing health care,” said Ms. Wasserman Schultz on the floor of the House Wednesday morning, hours before Republican leaders had scheduled a vote on the repeal measure. Ms. Wasserman Schultz said that Ms. Maisch, 61, had come to tell Ms. Giffords that she found the title of the repeal bill — ”Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act” — to be “disingenuous” and to urge her to fight it.
Excuse me for a minute while I ….
We all knew this would happen in the aftermath of the Tucson tragedy. Democrats would hide behind the victims of the tragedy in order to foster lies about murderer Jared Loughner’s motivations as well to try and promote their liberal their agendas. Democrats would declare that we needed to “do it for Gabby” and/or “do it for the Tucson victims/survivors” etc, but Wasserman Schultz truly deserves to be recognized for this one-of-a-kind performance. And let’s face it – that’s what it is. It’s a performance. Academy Award worthy, in fact. Substituting emotion-based “arguments” for substantive, factual debate, as is per the norm for Democrats – especially when it comes to the issue of “caring” for your fellow men and women, as if no one cares for their fellow man outside of the left.
I’m so disgusted I can’t even see straight. Wasserman Schultz clearly has no shame. None. In her district? Let her know what you think.
By the way, as I was writing this, the House voted to repeal Obamacare.
And now, on to the Senate …