By E.D. Hartman
As 2017 draws to a close, it’s a good time for the 7th District of Virginia to look back, sing Auld Lang Syne, and open up some Champaign popsicles. Along with passage of the GOP tax bill that Brat enthusiastically endorsed (“It’s a winner and I never lie!”), Representative Brat wrapped up the year with an Op Ed taking a decidedly sharp left turn. In 2018 could he get side swiped from both directions? From leading the charge to repeal Obamacare, to paying trolls to insult his constituents on Facebook, to denying an awareness of the existence of white-supremacist Richard Spencer after Charlottesville, 2017 was the year Brat found his voice – on right wing radio, on TV and in print media outlets.
Let’s take a look back at the most outrageous statements Mr. Brat made during 2017 with a good old-fashioned Dave Letterman style countdown.
No. 10 “If you live in Judeo-Christianity land and you expect people to basically tell the truth, right? It’s the big 10. Go check Moses,” –Dave Brat October 12, 2017 speaking to PJ Media and snubbing Senate Majority Leader McConnell, basically calling him a liar for failing to repeal and replace the ACA. https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/2017/10/12/gop-lawmaker-mcconnell-snubs-judeo-christianity-land-moses-not-repealing-obamacare/
No. 9 “I had one woman on my Facebook say she was going to get up in my grill…There’s paid protesters…paid activist on the far left, no my Democratic friends I go to church with. They’re being paid to go around and raise havoc.” January 31, 2017 Apparently the only person being paid are Dave Brat’s own media trolls, and not his own constituents. https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/communications-aide-trolls-brat-critics-facebook
No. 8 “Sign says it all” July 1, 2017 regarding this picture. The 7th’s favorite faux Christian posts this picture on his Instagram account and then immediately is forced to take it down, blaming it on a “new staffer.” Later in the year VA07 would find out the said “new staffer” was most likely his highest paid campaign official (and paid troll), Sara James, a woman who does not even live in the district.
No. 7 “In the 1920s, tax rates were dropped from 70 percent to 25 percent, yet federal revenues rose dramatically. “ Richmond Times Dispatch, Tax reform is the key to renewing the American Spirit, July 22, 2017. Reminder, the Great Depression started October 29, 1929 and lasted until the end of the 1930s.
No. 6 “We’ve raised an entire generation of kids with no moral or ethical grounding” Rep. Brat Op Ed in the Richmond Times Dispatch Nov 25, 2017. Speak for your own parenting skills Dave Brat, and by the way, I thought you are a former educator?
Nov. 5 Everybody colludes.” July 14, 2017 on MSNBC with Craig Melvin “And this word ‘collusion’ is all over the place. I mean everybody colludes in this city! Right?” As a constituent and voter in the 7th District, I can assure Mr. Brat we did not replace Eric Cantor with him so that he can go to Washington and collude with Russia.
No. 4 Brat’s reaction to attacks in Charlottesville, “The hard left came out at the Women’s March. And, I was getting caustic comments. I got booed at my town hall by 700 people. They booed the preacher when he prayed. They booed everything, right? So, there’s these hard-edged elements.” Representative Dave Brat never misses an opportunity to insult his own constituents, especially females. https://emilyslist.org/news/entry/dave-brat-compares-concerned-constituents-at-his-town-hall-meeting-to-viole
No. 3 “Since Obamacare and these issues have come up, the women are in my grill no matter where I go” January 28, 2017 at Hanover Tavern feeling secure with Tea Party officials at a private fund raiser.
No. 2 “Billionaires can only buy so many houses and boats and whatever!” Speaking on the Tax Bill with Katy Tur on MSNBC, Dave Brat’s interpretation of Let them eat cake.
And drum roll please….The number one Dave Brat quote of 2017…
“I’m an Economist. I went to Seminary” -Everyday, every interview.