Just as he did with the wildly unpopular GOP tax bill that President Donald Trump signed into law last week, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch overlooked the fine print when he shared on Twitter that he is “grateful” to be honored by The Salt Lake Tribune as “Utahn of the Year.” While the Tribune gives the designation to someone they recognize as having “the biggest impact,” for Hatch, that impact was for the worst. In fact, the paper called for his retirement.
— Orrin Hatch (@OrrinHatch) December 25, 2017
The editorial board explained their decision had nothing to do with the senator’s merits: “The selection of Sen. Orrin G. Hatch as the 2017 Utahn of the Year has little to do with the fact that, after 42 years, he is the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history, that he has been a senator from Utah longer than three-fifths of the state’s population has been alive.”
Senator Hatch, currently the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, instead earned the titled based on his “utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power.” Because of his significant role in the GOP’s reform-sweeping tax bill, as well as in President Donald Trump’s “dramatically dismantling” of national monuments in Utah, the paper in their blistering review said Hatch should announce that he will not seek re-election.
“To all appearances — appearances promoted by Hatch — this anti-environmental, anti-Native American and, yes, anti-business decommissioning of national monuments was basically a political favor the White House did for Hatch,” the editorial states.
“It would be good for Utah if Hatch, having finally caught the Great White Whale of tax reform, were to call it a career. If he doesn’t, the voters should end it for him.”
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