Weiner’s “Take Down” on the House Floor

Republicans try to reprimand Weiner. He begs for more.

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Republicans tried to "take down" Congressman Anthony Weiner on the House floor today in a heated exchange that happened after Weiner called the Republican Party "a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry."  

The exchange took place during debate on a bill to lift the insurance industry's exemption from antitrust rules.

Republican Dan Lungren, sounding quite offended,  invoked a little used House rule and demanded that Weiner's words "be taken down" -- as in stricken from the record. 

Weiner, for a moment, appeared contrite, asking for his words to be amended.  Though he had promised to "substitute other words", he resumed with an even more caustic attack -- and pretty much the exact same wording.

"Make no mistake about it. Every single Republican I have ever met in my entire life is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the insurance industry. 

Listen for yourself.  


The  RNC hasn't yet responded. 

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