What’s up with Bob Menendez these days? Is the senior Senator from New Jersey having memory issues?
Max Pizarro, editor of InsiderNJ, reported today that Menendez “laid into” President Donald Trump, for arguing with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Menendez said:
“This is a president who reserves the back of his hand for some of our strongest allies and offers incredible support for some of our strongest adversaries… To suggest that Canada is a national security threat is absurd, to ultimately challenge our European allies, an alliance that is the bedrock of creating western democracy, is pretty amazing.”
Well hold on there old Bob. Last time you were running, back in 2012, you touted your book to all and sundry. In it, you had this to say about the threat posed by Canada:
“Solidifying the porous northern border should be a priority for the Department of Homeland Security. And yet, as of 2007, far fewer than ten percent of the fourteen thousand U.S. agents were patrolling the Canadian border. How is it possible that we haven’t been focusing on the danger of terrorists crossing the U.S. – Canadian frontier? Instead, we have been listening to hot air from Lou Dobbs and his allies, complaining about people who would cross (the border with Mexico) in search of jobs as gardeners, busboys, hotel workers, and maids.” (Senator Bob Menendez, from his book Growing American Roots, published in 2009)
No fooling. Senator Bob Menendez wanted America to focus on the border with Canada instead of our southern border. When it comes to Canada, President Trump and Senator Menendez are brothers from different mothers. Of course, this is right out of South Park. So does this make Bob Menendez – ON TOP OF EVERYTHING ELSE – the Senator from South Park?
While taken seriously by our state’s senior Senator, South Park’s farcical “threat from Canada” is a well-known spoof. A theme song, “Blame Canada”, was nominated for an Academy Award. Take a moment to enjoy and take note of the last frame with the U.S. Capitol in the background and the lyrics:
Yes, South Park is a comedy cartoon. But let’s hear from Senator Menendez himself on this. This is what he wrote in his book:
“It is an understatement to say that borders are insecure, but the focus on the southern boundary with Mexico has left our northern border even more open to attack than ever.”
Yep, Senator Menendez has lost it. He wants to spend taxpayers’ money on securing our northern border to the threat he says is posed by Canada. It does sound nuts, doesn’t it?
“The decision to build a fence on our long southern border with Mexico is under way. The idea of trying to shut out poor people with a wall is wasteful and wrong.”
“A wall symbolizes exclusion and it makes it less feasible for us to collaborate with Mexico in other areas, such as legal, balanced migration control and counterterrorism. We need to refocus on building friendships, not fences.”
“Good fences don’t make good neighbors with this wall. The existence of the southern-border fence is bad enough, and its estimated four-billion-dollar price tag is mind-boggling. Meanwhile, Americans appear to fret little about those lightly patrolled 3,987 miles on the Canadian border from Atlantic to Pacific. Our border with Canada is twice as long as the border with Mexico.”
Well, at least now President Trump will know who to appoint to his new task force to cope with the threat posed by our neighbor to the North. Heck, with credentials like Menendez has, Trump should make him Chairman.
Bob Menendez, the Senator from South Park… absurd.