Two senators, a Republican and a Democrat, got caught by a hot mic while unloading on Donald Trump.
We often wonder what it would be like to be a fly on the wall behind the scenes in today’s crazy and mostly polarized Senate. What do they really think about Donald Trump? Well, Republican Chairman Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Democratic Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) gave us a glimpse into their authentic thoughts on Trump when they were caught on a hot mic today. Collins and Reed expressed concerns about Trump’s mental health, a “paralyzed” budget deal and state of our current government.
Here’s a sampling of what was caught on the recording below and video with the recording at the end of this article:
Senator Jack Reed: “I think he’s crazy.”
Senator Collins: “I’m worried.”
But that wasn’t all.
J.R.: If we don’t get a budget deal…
S.C.: I know.
J.R.:…we’re going to be paralyzed. DOD [Dept. of Defense] is going to be paralyzed, everybody is going to be paralyzed.
S.C.: I know. I don’t think he knows there is a BCA or anything. I really don’t.
The Washington Post’s video below reported Collin’s talking about the BCA, which is the Budget Control Act, given the context of the conversation. The Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2011 and sets automatic spending ceilings on agencies. If the Senate doesn’t pass a budget soon, Donald Trump’s priorities, like more defense spending, could top out at $70 billion less than what the House Budget Committee already approved.
In addition, programs near and dear to lawmakers and their constituents could grind to a halt.
Trump made appearances at the launch of USS Gerald R. Ford, a new aircraft carrier, and called on Congress to pass his budget. But without understanding the BCA, his budget could be drastically different than what he envisions. Meanwhile, the money he wants for things like his grandiose and absurd border wall very likely won’t get set aside at all.
Reed and Collins also alluded that unless Trump’s administration can pass a budget, there will be even more crazy people in Washington:
J.R.: We’re going to be back in September, and, you know, you’re going to have crazy people in the House
Collins went on make some snide mentions of Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican from Corpus Christi, Texas. This week he went on the radio and challenged Collins to a duel to the death over her opposition to Trumpcare.
Reed told Collins that wasn’t a good idea, “’cause you could beat the s— out of him,” to which Collins laughed and called him “huge,” and “so unattractive it’s unbelievable.” She then mentioned a picture that Farenthold took of himself with a “Playboy Bunny” while wearing his pajamas at a fundraiser. A helpful person on Twitter tweeted this out in case we don’t remember it.
This is the photo Sen. Susan Collins was referring to when she commented on Rep. Blake Farenthold wearing pajamas in 2010. pic.twitter.com/jZYCPC4FYW
— Beatrice-Elizabeth (@MissBeaE) July 25, 2017
The Washington Post posted the audio, which was streamed following a meeting of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, of which Collins is the chair. Listen below:
Without any doubt, there are plenty of crazy things going on every hour in Washington these days. It’s kind of refreshing to confirm that at least two Senators from across the aisle can get along, that they believe Trump’s mental health is questionable, and that the state of our current government is in chaos. Not that we didn’t already know given the news, but it’s still good to hear them saying it like it is rather than the typical Trump complicity.
For more on the Budget Control Act that stands to thankfully alter Trump’s budget nightmare, watch the video below: