Yesterday, Senator Orrin Hatch was named “Utahn of the Year” by the Salt Lake Tribune, and the senator wasn’t late in tweeting out that he was “grateful for this great Christmas honor” as you can see in the screen capture below. We’re not linking directly to the tweet because it may soon be deleted, and you’re about to find out why:
It seems, however, that the good senator didn’t bother to actually read why he was named Utahn of the Year. It’s all listed in a Salt Lake Tribune editorial, and we’re here to share some of the goodies with you all.
The very first sentence of the editorial is a “warning” about the honoree getting the wrong impression as to why they’re chosen (oh, the irony):
These things are often misunderstood. So, lest our readers, or the honoree himself, get the wrong impression, let us repeat the idea behind The Salt Lake Tribune’s Utahn of the Year designation.
They do not bestow the Person of the Year award, necessarily, as an honor. It is about the size of the impact on the people of Utah. Negative impact or positive. Now, let’s see what the senator was not chosen for:
The selection of Sen. Orrin G. Hatch as the 2017 Utahn of the Year has little to do with the fact that, after 42 years, he is the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history, that he has been a senator from Utah longer than three-fifths of the state’s population has been alive.
If Senator Hatch had bothered to read the article about him being named as Utahn of the Year, he might not have been so quick with the gratitude. The reasons for him being named Utahn of the Year are short and to the point:
Hatch’s part in the dramatic dismantling of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.
His role as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee in passing a major overhaul of the nation’s tax code.
His utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power.
Once Senator Hatch finds the time to read either, we’re quite certain that the “thank you” tweet will quietly disappear from his timeline. Hatch has hurt the people of his state in so many ways, not to mention people in the entire United States. He really earned this “honor.”
But wait, there’s more: he’s a liar, too.
The editorial goes on to describe how, during the 2012 election, the senator stated that this was his last run. And, how this made many likely opponents decide to not run against him, thus basically handing him the re-election.
“Clearly, it was a lie” the Utah newspaper wrote (yes, they used the word “lie”). Hatch is apparently now moving to run for an eighth (!) term in the Senate, despite being quoted in the past as saying “You should not fall in love with D.C.. Elected politicians shouldn’t stay here too long,” and joking, “What do you call a Senator who’s served in office for 18 years? You call him home.”
It will be interesting to follow Senator Hatch’s twitter in the coming days. He just thanked a newspaper for the honor of being told he is hurting his constituents, and being called a liar. Whoops.
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