You’re never so weak as when you try to act tough

Blake Farenthold, ladies and gentlemen:

A Texas GOP congressman says if the three female Republican senators who oppose a bill repealing Obamacare were men from South Texas, he might challenge them to a duel.

“The fact that the Senate does not have the courage to do some of the things that every Republican in the Senate promised to do is just absolutely repugnant to me,” U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, told his local radio host Bob Jones on Friday.

“Some of the people that are opposed to this, there are female senators from the Northeast… If it was a guy from South Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style.”


Duel language is not new in politics. In 2004, then-U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, a Democrat who crossed party lines to campaign for President George W. Bush, invoked it against MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews. The comments were met with widespread mockery at the time.

But there’s little funny about such language in the U.S. Capitol these days, after a deranged man shot and injured a Republican member of Congress during a baseball practice in June. U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, was gravely injured in the incident and remains hospitalized.

Yes, thank goodness we’ve all heeded that call for civility after the shooting on the baseball field. Also, someone might gently tell Farenthold that Alaska is not in the northeast. Tell him thanks for the laugh, too, we all needed it. Juanita and ThinkProgress have more.

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9 Responses to You’re never so weak as when you try to act tough

  1. Flypusher says:

    Alaska is in the NE now? Weak AND ignorant. I hope he’s getting a challenger.

    Were I one of those Senators, my reply would be “Well if YOU were a man , I’d accept that challenge”.

  2. Robbie Westmoreland says:

    I think Susan Collins could take him.

  3. C.L. says:

    Farenthold has been an embarrassment to the State of Texas for awhile now. I have no idea how or why the citizens of CCTX continue to re-elect this boob.

    WASHINGTON — Ever since the release of a 2005 video of Donald Trump boasting about groping women in the most graphic terms, the GOP presidential nominee has put rank-and-file Republicans like U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold on the spot to defend him.

    But things did not go well for the three-term Corpus Christi congressman during a [OCT 2016] Tuesday night appearance on MSNBC.

    “Until he does something so bad to make him worse than Hillary [Clinton], I’m still in,” Farenthold said after referring to Trump’s vulgar comments as “locker room talk.”

    Fear not, Blake. The low bar you set for the President has been jumped over repeatedly.

  4. C.L. says:

    Found this on the web and actually laughed outloud:

    “This “person” once represented a portion of the Rio Grande Valley. Ergo, we know him here and he is truly the one congressman who is even stupider than fellow Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert, who is widely regarded as the dumbest person in Congress. It very difficult to believe that he really is the son of Sissy Farenthold (who Wikipedia describes this way: “Frances Tarlton “Sissy” Farenthold, born Oct. 2, 1926, is an American politician, attorney, activist, and educator. She is a member of the Democratic Party. She is best known for her two campaigns for the office of Governor of Texas and for being placed in nomination for the office of Vice President of the United States during the 1972 Democratic National Convention.”). The only possible explanation are that she took the wrong baby home from the hospital or he was dropped on his head far too many times as a kid.”

  5. Flypusher says:

    I’d put $ on Murkowsky too.

  6. Thank You For Your Honesty says:

    In fairness to the great Sissy Farenthold, he is her step-grandson. In my family we usually don’t pay much attention to who’s “step” or “half” to anyone UNLESS that particularly sibling/parent/etc has been particularly embarrassing (“Who him? Well yeah he’s my cousin, but NOT by blood.”) … I’d imagine Blake here has fallen under that provision in his family for some time.

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