'Beatdown': Sen. Kennedy Explains the Bigger Issue With Testimony From Now-Infamous Faux 'Climate Expert'

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As RedState previously reported, the exchange between Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) and 23-year-old cross-country skier/Olympic athlete Gus Schumacher during a Senate Budget Committee hearing last Wednesday on climate change was one of those types of clips that you could put on repeat and still not get enough of watching.

It took less than five minutes, as we also noted, for Sen. Kennedy to absolutely destroy Schumacher’s credibility simply by doing a little poking and prodding into his supposed bona fides, his background, and his previous statements on social media.

Perhaps even more amusingly, Schumacher stated some time after the hearing that the committee’s far-left chairman, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) apologized to him for the apparent crime of Kennedy’s “aggressive line of questioning” over his alleged expertise on the subject matter at hand.

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But though conservatives got a good laugh at Schumacher’s expense, Kennedy pivoted to the bigger issue with his testimony as only he could during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity Monday night, where Hannity called the back and forth between Kennedy and Schumacher maybe “the biggest beatdown in Senate history.”

With his typical Southern politeness and plain-spoken nature, Kennedy put a finer point on the more troubling aspects of the skier’s testimony:

“Mr. Schumacher, I understand, is a superb skier, Sean. And I’m sure he’s a fine young man. But the fact remains that my Democratic colleagues invited Mr. Schumacher to testify before the Budget Committee of the United States Senate as an expert on climate change to advise us on climate change legislation. 

And Mr. Schumacher could neither defend nor substantiate his rhetoric. I suppose his testimony is an example of the ‘Kardashian-ing’ of America. I don’t mean to be cruel, but Mr. Schumacher’s testimony reminded me so much of, how can I put this, the gormless pop singers and movie stars who partied with Harvey Weinstein, who incessantly lecture the American people and who also have to lie down if they think too hard. 

And I’m sorry Mr. Schumacher had a difficult day, but you shouldn’t hold yourself out as an expert or have an opinion if you can’t defend it.”


In other words, elected officials should not be making billion-dollar policy decisions that will impact Americans for generations to come simply based on the testimony of so-called “experts” who don’t know what the hell they’re talking about, and whose only “expertise” is in empty virtue-signaling about how we must Do Something™ before it’s too late.

As far as I’m concerned, if you’re a public officeholder and you don’t understand and abide by that simple yet extremely important unwritten rule, you should be kicked out of office by voters stat. It’s just as simple as that.

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