Bipartisan Backlash Scuttles Senate Hearing For White House Favorite
published 30.07.2020 12:20
Tata was facing across-the-board Democratic opposition and increasingly shaky support among Republicans due to a series of inflammatory Tweets about former President Obama, Islam, and accusing former CIA Director John Brennan, without evidence, of working to order Trump’s assassination.
In a statement sent 15 minutes before the hearing was to begin at 9:30am, Sen. Jim Inhofe said “there are many Democrats and Republicans who didn’t know enough about Anthony Tata to consider him for a very significant position at this time,” despite Tata having been nominated for DoD undersecretary for policy six weeks prior.
Anthony Tata’s headshot from his Twitter account, where his controversial statements may have doomed his nomination.
Sen. James Inhofe WASHINGTON: The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee abruptly canceled a planned nomination hearing for a controversial former general being considered for a top Pentagon position Thursday morning, throwing Anthony Tata’s nomination into doubt.
In a series of Tweets in 2018, Tata called Islam the “most oppressive violent religion I know of,” and said that Obama was a “terrorist leader” who did more to harm the United States and “help Islamic countries than any president in history.”