You know how sometimes you have your glasses on top of your head and you can’t remember where you left them? Well, that’s totally not what happened to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today. On Tuesday, the Utah Senator attempted to remove a pair of glasses that he wasn’t wearing during a hearing with Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security Kristjen Nielsen.
Nielsen, for the record, was thoroughly blasted after she appeared to have selective memory issues regarding Donald Trump’s vulgar and disparaging ‘shithole’ remarks about African nations and Haiti, so this was kind of a break from that after the octogenarian tried to remove a pair of glasses which were not there.
WATCH: Sen. Orrin Hatch removes a pair of glasses he’s not wearing pic.twitter.com/QXCCb4RHzn
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) January 16, 2018
Hatch joked that he was wearing invisible glasses.
Oh you mean his invisible glasses from Warby Parker? They’re new, you’ve probably never heard of them. pic.twitter.com/pygTRwbJl7
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) January 16, 2018
Twitter users were rightfully confused.
Yea, but he literally took them off. Didn’t just reach for them & remember he didn’t have them on! lol…
— Lisa Walsh (@lwalshmill) January 16, 2018
Even placed them on the table.
— WHBlakemore (@Woodyman502) January 16, 2018
— Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Aidan🤙🏼🙃 (@LonestarIndChic) January 16, 2018
They’re joking about their boss, a sitting US Senator, showing signs of dementia. I don’t see how that is either appropriate or funny.
— AMB (@amb573) January 16, 2018
sorry your boss is a dumb old pile of crap dude
— Brian Hanson (aka The Beer Idiot) (@brian_hanson) January 16, 2018
Just because YOU can’t see them…
— EnoughWithTheOutrage (@nathanmills) January 16, 2018
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) January 16, 2018
The Daily Show even got in on the fun.
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) January 16, 2018
“The Senator wears reading glasses and normally reads over his notes one last time before questioning witnesses in a hearing,” said Matt Whitlock, Hatch’s communications director. He added that he “forgot them at home, so it was simply muscle memory to reach to take them off before his questioning began.”
In late December, Hatch thanked Utah’s biggest newspaper for an editorial that blasted him. “It would be good for Utah if Hatch, having finally caught the Great White Whale of tax reform, were to call it a career,” the editorial read. “If he doesn’t, the voters should end it for him.”
“Grateful for this great Christmas honor from the Salt Lake Tribune,” Hatch tweeted at the time.
Hatch announced soon after that he would be retiring at the end of his term. We think that’s probably a good idea.
Image via screen capture.