A top Republican Senator just publicly short-circuited in bizarre fashion

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Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) recently announced that he wouldn’t be running for reelection. Some strange behavior from Hatch today demonstrated why that’s not only a good idea but a necessary one.

During a meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Hatch tried to remove his glasses, only to discover that he wasn’t wearing any. After realizing this fact, he simply continued on, visibly unperturbed. He didn’t even acknowledge the weird gesture, making it even weirder.

Now, it is possible that it was simply an absentminded act of habit but, given his age at eighty-three, and his looming retirement, it’s also possible that Hatch is losing his wits.

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Hatch has served seven terms in the Senate. Given that incredibly long tenure, a famous quote from Hatch comes to mind. When he first ran for office in 1976, his opponent was Democrat Frank Moss, who was just coming off his third term.

“What do you call a Senator who’s served in office for 18 years? You call him home,” Hatch joked about Moss before going on to win. Clearly, it’s long past time Hatch himself was called home to Utah.

Perhaps an aging mind explains why Hatch has repeatedly thrown his support behind Trump, going so far as to make the not only absurd but patently dangerous statement that he intended to help make the Trump presidency the “greatest presidency that we’ve seen, not only in generations but maybe ever.” One would have to be blatantly lying or mentally unstable to make such a claim.

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Orrin Hatch should do his best to locate those missing glasses. Perhaps once he puts them on he’ll be able to finally see clearly the damage he’s done to this country and the destructive legacy he has not only left behind him, but helped paved the way for in the future under Trump.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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