4

Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Jimmy Hoffa's "Take These Son of a Bitches Out" Idea: Babble

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

As Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz ought to know, when she's invited to a Fox News interview, it's probably a trap.

Naturally, when she was invited on to Fox & Friends this morning, it wasn't to talk about constituent services or even to comment on the recent release of unemployment numbers -- it was time for her to comment on Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa's statement that working Americans should "take these son of bitches out" ("son of bitches" being Republicans).

As Mr. T might say, Wasserman Schultz's response was some jibber-jabber.

Asked for an "official response" as DNC chair, Wasserman Schultz responded, "My official response is that we make sure that we focus on the middle class and working families and that we bring everyone in this country together from both sides of the aisle to focus like a laser on continuing to get this economy turned around," followed by more rambling before she was cut off and asked to answer the question.

The second time, Wasserman Schultz was asked a bit more specifically by host Gretchen Carlson to respond to Hoffa's statement, "Let's take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong."

For her second response, Wasserman Schultz said, "My response is that we should be working together and focused on creating jobs -- you know, when I'm home, I was just home in South Florida, before we're coming back into session this week, and what people talk to me about in the town hall meetings that I held were, 'Debbie, we need you to focus on job creation; we need to make sure that you guys go back to Washington and work together,'" again continuing some babble before being cut off again.

On the third attempt to sucker Wasserman Schultz into standing up for Hoffa, she decided to take it out on Fox News.

"Really, Gretchen?" she said. "How many times have you called out the coarse language at Tea Party rallies on this network? Almost never."

On her fourth and final attempt to give her official response, Wasserman Schultz said, "OK, my official response is that I know the American people... like President Obama understands want us to focus on working together, want us to focus on -- when I went home, my constituents asked me to come back to Washington and help continue to get this economy turned around. That's my official response."

And to answer your questions, no, it didn't make sense on TV either, and no, we still don't know whether people are supposed to "take these son of bitches out."

Here's the video for that one, which starts the Hoffa drama around the 3:15 mark:


Follow The Pulp on Facebook and on Twitter: @ThePulpBPB. Follow Matthew Hendley on Facebook and on Twitter: @MatthewHendley.


Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.