McConnell Claims He Never Skipped an Obama Meeting, Forgetting the Time He Did

A banal tale of political intrigue unfolded today, which began when President Donald Trump tweeted out an insult at “Chuck and Nancy,” referring to Sen. Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and said that a deal on tax reform was unlikely. In response, Schumer and Pelosi cancelled a planned meeting with Trump, saying that they would instead negotiate details with Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell. Guess what happened next? There was no meeting with Ryan and McConnell for Schumer and Pelosi. As a matter of fact, any Republican worth their weight in Milton Friedman essays the Democratic leadership, with Ryan and McConnell penning a joint statement, condemning their “antics.” McConnell doubled down on this criticism as he fielded questions from reporters later in the day, saying that he would have never skipped a meeting with the president when Barack Obama was in office. “I never refused to go to a meeting that President Obama called, a bipartisan meeting,” he said. “It never occurred to me that I could just say to President Obama ‘I’m not showing up.’ That strikes me as a lack of seriousness about the matter before us, which is the funding of the federal government of the United States for the rest of this fiscal year.” There’s just one teensy, weensy lil problem. Not only did the notion of skipping a meeting with the former president “occur” to McConnell, he actually did it. In Nov. 2010, in the wake of the midterms, Obama organized a bipartisan dinner. McConnell ditched, spending the evening with the conservative Federalist Society instead. Former Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer also claimed McConnell would pretend to be busy to prevent the scheduling of meetings with the president: Representatives for McConnell later said that he skipped the 2010 dinner due to “scheduling conflicts.” John Boehner also skipped the dinner. What was to be discussed with the president? The extension of Bush-era tax cuts. Wait, they skipped a meeting on taxes? To quote an anonymous wise man, who would never say anything for purely political reasons, “That strikes me as a lack of seriousness about the matter before us.” In other news from the halcyon days of 2010, McConnell said in October of that year that “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” [image via screenshot]Follow Lawrence Bonk (@sidescrollers) on Twitter

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