I honestly do not understand Scott DesJarlais. I just don’t.
Over the weekend, reports of him being completely and utterly unsympathetic to an 11-year-old girl that was worried that her father was going through the deportation process. Politics over immigration trumped a child’s feelings.
You can read the story here.
As this child is asking him a question, the crowd cheered. They cheered. Let’s step away from divisive politics for just one moment and take this in.
They cheered as a little girl named Josie Molina was talking about her father being taken away from her.
From Raw Story:
During a question and answer session at the meeting, Molina stepped up to the microphone and, with a quavering voice, asked, “Mr. DesJarlais, I have papers, but I have a dad who’s undocumented. What can I do to have him stay with me?”
Rather than make any attempt to assuage the girl’s fears, Desjarlais said, “Thank you for being here and thank you for coming forward and speaking,” but “the answer still kind of remains the same, that we have laws and we need to follow those laws and that’s where we’re at.”
The tea party crowd whooped and applauded wildly as the little girl took her seat, head down. Progressive Populist reported that Josie Molina’s father is currently in the process of being deported and that the girl is seeing a child psychologist in order to cope with the stress and anxiety.
I truly believe that he could have comforted this child instead of stump speaking for just a few moments.
But that’s not what DesJarlais is made of. And his very own party is rather sick of him as Nooga explains in a story called :
In the weeks leading up to—along with the months following—his re-election in 2012, records showed that DesJarlais supported his ex-wife’s decision to have two abortions, slept with multiple patients while working as a physician in Jasper and encouraged one of them to terminate a pregnancy. Since the revelations, the congressman has said he found forgiveness from God and remarried. He has boasted a record of backing pro-life legislation in Congress.
He was also fined $500 by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners in March.
My friends, can we put aside politics for just a moment. As elected leaders, aren’t we supposed to comfort children?
When I was a child, I was taught that this country was the great American melting pot by my family, whom I might add voted both democratic and republican.
Can we have that back please?