Craig Melvin was absolutely stunned.
Representative Ted Yoho was defending Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes as having "a lot of integrity" and then said
"He works for the President."
"DOES HE?" said Craig Melvin, "Or does he work for the constituents of his district?"
"Well, you do both." said Mister Stupid from Florida. "But when you're in that capacity...[trailing off] I'm comfortable with what he did."
Of course you are, Ted Yoho!
If ever there was an emblem for "party before country" it's that moment.
Someone buy this guy a 7th-grade civics textbook.
UPDATE: Rep. Yoho left it to his staff to clean up the mess. Of course he "misspoke." Of course.
In an email to TPM, Yoho spokesperson Brian Kaveney said the congressman "misspoke" during the interview. "He knows that every member is here because of the people that voted them into office," Kaveney wrote.
"Members work for their constituents, whether they are rank and file or if they have the honor of serving as a committee chairman," Kaveney continued. "The congressman stated that he works for his constituents and not for the President. The same reasoning is applied to all members. As I said before, the congressman misspoke plain and simple."