Today, in Washington, D.C.

“The most dangerous place to stand in Washington D.C. is any place between Senator Josh Hawley and a live microphone” – Charles P. Pierce


Josh Hawley (r): …I think that your performance is despicable and I think the fact that you are not willing to provide answers to this committee is absolutely atrocious.

Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas: Mr. Chairman, may I?

Senator Gary Peters (D): Like if you’d like to have a, a minute to respond you were…

Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas: I would and I’m not sure I’ll
limit it to sixty seconds.

Senator Gary Peters (D): That’s fine.

Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas: Number one, uh, what I found despicable is the implication, uh, that, uh, this language,
tremendously odious, um, actually could be emblematic of the sentiments of the two-hundred-sixty-thousand men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, number one.

Number two, uh, Senator Hawley takes a adversarial approach to me in this question and perhaps he doesn’t know my own background. Perhaps he does not know that I am the child of a Holocaust survivor, perhaps he does not know that my mother lost almost all her family at the hands of the Nazis. And so I find his adversarial tone to be entirely misplaced, I find it to be disrespectful of me and my heritage, and I do not expect an apology, but I did want to say what I just articulated. Thank you.

Josh Hawley (r): Mr. Chairman can, can I just respond since he
has referenced me personally?

Senator Gary Peters (D): Senator Hawley, we need to move on….