In a 2008 discussion with a reporter from the Congressional Quarterly, Westmoreland said he had “never paid that much attention” to the “uppity” Obamas. When asked to clarify his peculiar choice of words, Westmoreland affirmed, “Yeah, uppity.” He later claimed he did not know of the word’s racist connotations and was simply making an innocent remark about the Obamas’ elitism.
In another show of ignorance, after spending months cosponsoring bills that would require the Ten Commandments to be publicly displayed in the House, Senate and courthouses across the country, Westmoreland was unable to name all Ten Commandments during a 2008 interview on The Colbert Report.
Finally, at the Faith and Freedom Conference last September, Westmoreland publicly encouraged a government shutdown: obstructing basic government functions was like disinfecting a wound, he said, referring to a time when he cut himself with a chainsaw and had to apply a stinging antiseptic. Are vital services such as Medicaid and Medicare payments to low-income families and the elderly really like a spreading gangrene infection?
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