Sen. Portman faking his bipartisanship
It must be that time again. Rob Portman is worried about his re-election, so he’s pretending to be bipartisan once more, after four years of kowtowing to Donald Trump’s every single whim.
Portman voted for Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. He voted for Alexander Acosta, despite knowing about the sweetheart plea deal he arranged for sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. He voted for Trump’s tax scam that gave huge breaks to corporations like GM that laid off Ohio workers and shipped jobs overseas.
Now, he’s calling for bipartisan legislation to address the coronavirus crisis. What he fails to mention is the House passed the HEROES Act months ago. Since that time, Mitch McConnell has sat on his hands and done nothing to help the millions of Americans who lost their jobs and the small businesses struggling to survive.
If Portman wants to do more than talk about bipartisanship — if he actually wanted to demonstrate it — he could acknowledge the reality that Joe Biden won the 2020 election and is president-elect. Joe Biden will be sworn into office on Jan. 20, and every minute the Trump administration stonewalls his transition team, our national security is put at risk.
I don’t believe Portman really cares about the coronavirus crisis or our national security. I think he cares about his political future, and that’s why he continues to placate Trump. Nobody in Ohio believes Rob’s bipartisan act anymore.
LINDA COCUZZI RICHTER