There was quite a bit of drama in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday when Senator Jeff Flake announced that he was only voting to pass Brett Kavanaugh out of committee to a full Senate vote on the condition that the FBI re-opened their background check into Kavanaugh to look into the various sexual assault allegations against him.
Once Senator Lisa Murkowski backed Flake up in this demand, Republican Senate leadership — and ultimately Donald Trump — had no choice but to relent and request that the FBI do just that.
But while many cheered this result, Fox News analyst Brit Hume took another tack, asking what Jeff Flake got out of the deal:
So what, exactly, did Sen. Flake get in return for forcing a delay to accommodate an FBI update of Kavanaugh’s background file?
— Brit Hume (@brithume) September 28, 2018
Many on Twitter were dumbfounded by the tweet:
Hume does not seem to understand that one does not need anything in return for doing the right thing. Decency is it;s own reward. There are literally hundreds of equally qualified candidates for SCOTUS.
— RJ Regan (@rjregan2) September 29, 2018
Corrupt Republican mindset on full display right here.
Brit can’t fathom a Republican doing something just because it’s the right thing to do.
Republicans only do things in exchange for something, not because it’s the right thing to do.
— Karl Darrin Devlet (@hesanihilist) September 29, 2018
And decided to answer his question for him:
— Chris Kauker (@ChrisKauker) September 29, 2018
— medit8now (@medit8now) September 29, 2018
— Elmar Theveßen (@ethevessen) September 29, 2018