In wake of the recent sexual harassment allegations made against 88-year old Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Laura Ingraham went after Capitol Hill’s “dinosaurs” on both sides of the aisle who she thinks have in Congress for far too long.
She kicked off her monologue by slamming the recently-discovered “slush fund” that’s been taking taxpayer money for sexual harassment settlements and how virtually no one on Capitol Hill knew about it.
“When the government is this large and this unwieldy, mischief is bound to follow both personal and professional. And soon, no one is looking out for the people,” she said. “They’re just looking to cover themselves and representatives? Well, they settle into their positions of power and year after year, term after term, they tune out their constituents. And pretty soon, they’re taking orders from the swamp rather than the people. So if we want to end the corruption and move legislation on Capitol Hill, we need the old timers to do the decent thing and begin to retire!”
The Fox News host called Conyers the most “potent” example, noting his age and that he’s been in office for a whopping 52 years.
“So LBJ was president the film Mary Poppins was the released the year he was elected,” she reacted. “Now it’s just time for John to go fly a kite too and he’s not alone.”
Ingraham then called out several elected officials including 88-year-old Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), 87-year-old Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), 86-year-old Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), 84-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), 84-year-old Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and 83-year-old Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Richard Shelby (R-AL). And between all of them, they served 290 years combined.
“This is a total joke!” Ingraham exclaimed. “President Trump was elected to be an agent of change, to break up the bureaucracy, and drain the swamp. But that’s hard to do when the old guard is impeding progress and protecting the bureaucracy in D.C.! These elder statesmen need to look themselves in the mirror and ask, ‘Is a lifetime tenure what the Founders really had in mind when they created this system?'”
She did acknowledge that there “is wisdom with age” and praised Senators Grassley and Hatch for honoring their constituents, but for most people, “decades in power can also isolate them even from the best of men and isolate them from the people they’re supposed to represent.”
“The people are crying out for transformational change. And the president is the impatient agent of that change. But to make it a reality, these incumbents who have remained long past their expiration date have got to step aside,” Ingraham continued. “Let’s get some new blood in there and some new ideas into the halls of Congress… It’s time for the dinosaurs of Washington who refuse to press the president’s agenda, to step aside and lumber off into the sunset. If they’re not going to return power to the people, they need to go now!”
She also called out several younger senators like Ben Sasse (R-NE), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) who’ve “ignored” their voters.
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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