Shadegg Exposes “Den of Hypocrites” in Congressional Democrats

Democrat Hypocrisy on Wilson Resolution

Shadegg: “Today’s Democrat resolution attacking U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) constituted sheer hypocrisy, plain and simple. Its proponents have never demanded similar disapproval when they or members of their party have engaged in identical conduct.”

Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Shadegg (AZ-03) today issued the following statement regarding the resolution brought by House Democrat leadership criticizing U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson for his outburst during the President’s address to the Joint Session of Congress last week:

“Having repeatedly refused to ‘disapprove’ of similar conduct by its own members, the Democrat Majority’s resolution was flagrantly hypocritical. Here are several examples of Democrats acting inappropriately on the floor including calling President a liar:

  1. In 2003, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), on the House floor said, “Evidence has come into light that President Bush and his Administration has lied to the world…”
    Fox News Special Report, September 14, 2009
  2. In 2004, Rep. Stark (D-CA), speaking on the House floor said, “I came here last year and accused President Bush of being a liar. A year later, I feel no reason to apologize or change by opinion.” (Therefore Rep. Stark also called the President a liar in 2003.) Fox News Special Report, September 14, 2009
  3. In 2004, Democrats collectively booed President George W. Bush during the State of the Union address when he called for the renewal of the Patriot Act. Dems Push for Wilson Censure, Politico, September 11, 2009
  4. In 2005, Democrats howled, hissed, and shouted “NO” when President Bush called for social security reform. Push for Wilson Censure, Politico, September 11, 2009
  5. In 2007, U.S. Rep. Pete Stark speaking from the House floor attacked President Bush for “his lies” about the war in Iraq.


“Joe Wilson’s outburst last week during the Joint Session of Congress was inappropriate and improper. He immediately apologized to the President, as he should have.

“Today’s resolution by the House Democratic leadership demonstrates that there is no issue that Washington politicians won’t exploit for political gain. Much like White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel’s admission to ‘never let a good crisis go to waste,’ Speaker Pelosi saw a chance to play politics and did.

“If the Majority party consistently enforced the rules of the House against its own Members when they violated House rules using almost identical language as Rep. Wilson did, the resolution would have been justified and appropriate.

“It is hypocrisy for the current Democrat Majority to formally reprimand Joe Wilson having never taken any action against members of their own party who have violated the rules of the House in the same fashion, calling a Republican President a liar on the floor.


  1. Goodyear GOP says

    And Jeff Flake voted with Pelosi and the Dems. Flake is indeed a hypocrite who never pushed for any sort of censure against any of those Dems. Then again, you have to attack your own to be a true MAVERICK.

  2. Obama, the Dems and their media enablers are desperate to change the debate away from them and their policies. Its back to vilifying the opposition. They excel at that.

    Meanwhile, unemployment is 9.7%.

  3. All but one of the examples took place under Republican leadership of the House because Rep. Shadegg’s party controlled things. I guess former Speaker Hastert is a hypocrite as well?

  4. I didn’t see any of them interrupting the President to call him a liar in person, on national television. Really doesn’t seem like the same thing.

  5. Rosco P Coltrane says

    Liars calling liars liars. Blah blah blah. There is no honor among thieves.

    Funny thing is that everyone who was accused of calling someone a liar appears to have been telling the truth, for just that once at least.

  6. Veritas Vincit says

    Respect the office, despise the man occupying it. Obama *is* a liar so Wilson simply called the kettle black. Obama’s arrogance and disdain for this country is evident enough. Michelle Obama explained what her husband was all about in her speech in Puerto Rico just before the DNC Convention in Denver.

    The man in the Oval Office is a fraud and a sham.

    btw, the Russians *love* BHOs Afgan policy!

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