Classic. President Obama is all too happy to use a fellow Democrat to further his own agenda, but when that same Democrat deigns question him over a substantive issue, well, the gloves come off.
Sen. Chuck Schumer apparently had the audacity to question the administration over its decision to cut counterterrorism funds to a federal program that keeps New Yorkers safe, prompting Obama mouthpiece Josh Earnest to actually call into question the senator's national security credentials.
New York officials, including Schumer, have called on the White House to restore counterterrorism funds to a federal program sending grants to state and local authorities.
In a statement Wednesday, Schumer called the antiterrorism program “the cornerstone of effective prevention against terrorist threats” and said it helps police do what they can to keep New Yorkers safe.
“It makes no sense for the administration to slash critically needed antiterrorism funding, especially at a time when we are all on high alert,” Schumer said. “I pledge to fight tooth and nail in Congress to make sure that [Urban Areas Security Initiative] funds are increased in New York City and across the country.”
In classic attack-dog fashion, Earnest then engaged in character assassination:
“At some point, Sen. Schumer’s credibility in talking about national security issues, particularly when the facts are as they are when it relates to homeland security, have to be affected by the position that he’s taken on other issues,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest shot back.
He then called out the senator for a vote he took last year rebuffing the administration over its nuclear deal with Iran and other world powers. “Sen. Schumer is somebody that came out and opposed the international agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Earnest said. “He was wrong about that position, and most of his Democrats disagreed with him in taking that position. And when people look at the facts here when it comes to funding for homeland security they’ll recognize that he’s wrong this time, too.”
How can any sane Democrat in Congress actually stand working with this president? As usual Obama has proven he's no compunction whatsoever in being as nasty as he wants (despite how the MSM paints him as a class-act), even to those who've supported him. For the president, you either kiss his ring and shut your mouth, or all bets are off.