It seems that the Democrats who shot down legislation to divert taxpayer funds away from planned Parenthood and to non-abortion women’s health clinics, never even watched any of the videos of PP officials haggling over prices to harvest baby organs and tissue.
The legislation, authored by Sen. Joni Ernst, fell short by just seven votes of the 60 needed for the bill to progress.
It turns out, however, that several Democrats have not even bothered to watch the videos released by The Center for Medical Progress that show Planned Parenthood officials haggling prices for aborted baby body parts, while sipping wine and laughing and joking about buying a Lamborghini with the profits.
The Weekly Standard asked several Democrats if they had watched the footage, and the response from most was to admit they hadn’t or to try to avoid the question.
“I have not seen them,” Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire told me after the vote.
“I’m sorry, what’s your name?” asked Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii in response to a simple yes-or-no question. “Can you call my comms director?”
“I have not seen them, no,” Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania told me last week.
As New York senator Chuck Schumer stepped into a senators-only elevator, I asked him the same yes-or-no question. “Shut the door,” Schumer told an aide.
Only one Democratic senator, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, told me that she had seen any of the videos. McCaskill agreed that the videos were disturbing, but she added that “that’s not the point. The point is to prevent abortions by making sure that women can get birth control.”
Unbelievable. Democrats are still voting on shit without being familiar with the things they’re voting on. https://t.co/iSZ8xb0npw
— RB (@RBPundit) August 4, 2015
Before yesterday’s vote, Rep. Alan Grayson also bizarrely called the video[s] “doctored”.
Tonight, a bunch of men will vote against women seeing doctors, because they saw a doctored video. That's the GOP for you. #StandwithPP
— Rep. Alan Grayson (@AlanGrayson) August 3, 2015
Several people pointed out that the videos are not doctored. The shorter versions are edited, but the full 2-3 hour versions are readily available online.
@AlanGrayson The videos have not been doctored. The full footage hours long footages are available for all to see.
— Julian Rodrigues (@Julian_Says_) August 3, 2015
It’s a pathetic talking point that has even been repeated by White House press secretary Josh Earnest, who actually called the videos fraudulent.
His evidence? Planned Parenthood told him. He didn’t actually watch the videos, but “suspects someone (in the White House) has”.
Of course, we are not surprised by any of this. Senators and Representatives don’t even bother reading legislation they vote on any more. Most simply blindly follow party lines, or vote with whoever throws the most cash at them.
@McCormackJohn: Not such a surprise. They don't read the bills they pass either!
— sugar shackled ✈ (@jeriallen15) August 4, 2015
@McCormackJohn come on they can't be expected to actually be informed on what they are voting on. The unmitigated gall!
— Justin Waring (@JustWaring) August 4, 2015
@McCormackJohn Show them in the Senate, then take another vote.
— Arthur Hill (@ArthurHill9) August 4, 2015
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, andPrisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.