Republicans like to talk about all their Christian values and godly morals. However, when you take a closer look, quite often they don’t turn out to be the upstanding citizens they pretend to be. Today’s example of this is Rep. Don Young, a Republican representative from Alaska. According to John Boehner, Young once had a total meltdown during a debate on earmarks and pinned him to the wall while holding a ten-inch knife to his throat.
In a recent interview with Politico, the former House Speaker recalled the disturbing incident. Boehner said that they were having a heated discussion over earmarks, specifically, the ” ‘Bridge to Nowhere,’ a 2005 project calling for a $223 million earmark to construct a bridge to a remote, sparsely populated Alaska island,” when Young lost it. The Alaskan Republican then pinned Boehner against a wall and held the large, ten-inch knife to his throat. Boehner, apparently already dead inside anyway, stared Young straight in the eyes and responded with a simple “F*ck you.”
When Politico contacted Young to get his side of the story, he confirmed that what Boehner had said was “mostly true.” But he then followed up this confession by adding that he and Boehner eventually became good friends with the former speaker even serving as his best man when he got married.
There was a time when even having had a divorce was enough to keep a politician from being elected by conservative Christians. But those days seem to be a distant memory because if you thought this was bad, you should know that this isn’t even the only time Young has been known to brandish a knife. In 1988, Young pulled out a knife on the House floor after a fellow representative introduced a bill that would have restricted logging in his home state of Alaska.
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