Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) gave a whole new meaning to leftist fear-mongering on Friday, when on the House floor she delivered a speech declaring the GOP—which stands for “Grand Old Party,” a nickname of the Republican Party—actually stands for “Get Old People.”
“What does GOP stand for? ‘Get Old People,’” shouted DeLauro from the floor of the House of Representatives. “That’s what this bill does. That’s what people are going to vote ‘yes’ for today. We have an obligation.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 24, 2017
DeLauro’s comments came just hours before the Republican leadership in the House withdrew the American Health Care Act, the House leadership’s plan to replace Obamacare, from consideration before Congress.
The bill had originally been scheduled for a vote on Thursday, but the GOP, led by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) moved the vote to Friday late on Thursday, once it became apparent the bill was unlikely to pass. Moving the date of the vote clearly didn’t help.
DeLauro’s incendiary claim was met with hundreds of comments on social media denouncing DeLauro.
“Don’t you have an obligation to not be insane?” wrote one person. “How did this woman escape?”
— Mike Wall (@wallwriting) March 24, 2017
“Someone come get their crazy Grandma! She’s ranting at the house today …” wrote another.
— Kyle Cline (@KyleCline) March 24, 2017
“Give her a broom and she could play the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz,” wrote Bob Jernigan from Georgia. “Perfect casting match.”
— Bob Jernigan (@stjohnsumcga) March 24, 2017
“How was this deranged lunatic elected to Congress?” said Zach Miller from Texas. “And people wonder why Trump won?”
— Zach Miller (@_ZacharyMiller) March 24, 2017
DeLauro, a longtime member of Congress, has some interesting financial connections to the health care industry. According to Open Secrets, a website dedicated to providing the public with financial information about politicians, DeLauro’s campaign committee and leadership political action committee received more than $138,000 in campaign donations from the health care industry during the 2015–16 election cycle. No other industry, as classified by Open Secrets, gave more to DeLauro over that period.