Talk about a meltdown…Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) was heard cursing repeatedly during a live broadcast of a committee hearing after apparently experiencing a technical malfunction with the video conferencing program.
The senator angrily summoned a young female aide to fix his problem after he nearly missed his opportunity to question the committee’s witness, Breitbart reported.
Caught on a hot mic
Carper, 73, is a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, which held a hearing on Friday to question new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy about the Democrat and media-perpetuated conspiracy theories regarding the U.S. Postal Service and the upcoming elections.
Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) called on Carper as being next to question DeJoy but received no response from the Democratic senator. As he prepared to move on to the next senator in the alternating order, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), Carper finally spoke up.
“F***, f***, f***,” was suddenly heard from Carper and his video feed revealed him in the act of turning and furiously beckoning one of his aides to come and help.
Lankford noted that Carper seemed to now be available to proceed with his questioning of DeJoy, and after asking Carper to unmute himself, Johnson quipped with a grin, “We don’t want to be on TV again.”
Carper jumped right into his attacks on the Postmaster General and the hearing continued on as normal. Watch below [Caution: explicit language]:
“F*ck, f*ck, f*ck” Senator Tom Carper says while struggling with his livestream during the DeJoy hearing 😂
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 21, 2020
Politico, like numerous other liberal media outlets, played off the incident as not being that big of a deal — even as we all know that if Carper were a Republican, it would be a different story.
A spokesperson for Carper told Politico, “Like most Americans in 2020, Senator Carper got frustrated with technical difficulties this morning, but that pales in comparison to his frustration with a Postmaster General who’s actively undermining the U.S. Postal Service during a national crisis.”
In an effort to downplay the incident, the senator posted a tweet later Friday morning, writing, “Those who know me know that there are few things that get me more fired up than protecting the Postal Service!” and included the hashtag “#DontMessWithUSPS.”
Whether Carper’s burst of expletives on live TV was just comic relief or constitutes unacceptable behavior from an elected official seems to depend upon the eye of the beholder.