Hatch office dismisses scathing Tribune editorial as click bait

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch R-Utah signs the final version of the GOP tax bill during an enrollment ceremony at the Capitol in Washington Thursday Dec. 21 2017

Instead, the editorial says the seven term Senator was given the honor as a result of more dubious distinctions including, "his utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power".

Grateful for this great Christmas honor from the Salt Lake Tribune.

Whitlock also said this wasn't the first time the Tribune has called on Hatch to retire, and proceeded to post a list of legislation that he claims would have fallen flat if it weren't for the senator, who has been in Congress for 42 years.

And it's unusual that the leading newspaper from a state where 70% of the land is owned by the federal government should raise a ruckus when some of it is given back to the people. The prospect of a Republican senator in Utah willing to publicly break with the White House has reportedly led the president to urge Hatch to seek re-election.

It came after a recommendation to shrink national monuments by the interior secretary, Ryan Zinke.

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Five years later, Hatch sat on the Senate Judiciary Committee that held hearings on Clarence Thomas's nomination to the Supreme Court. "And I really resent anybody saying that I'm just doing this for the rich. Give me a break".

"Clearly, it was a lie", they wrote.

"Once again, Hatch has moved to freeze the field to make it nigh unto impossible for any number of would-be senators to so much as mount a credible challenge", the editorial reads. Now, Hatch is eyeing another run, possibly to head off anti-Trump candidate and failed 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney. "That's not only not fair to all of those who were passed over. It is basically a theft from the Utah electorate", the editorial said.

Speaking in a condescendingly paternalistic fashion, Hatch said earlier this year that Native Americans were "manipulated" into their support for the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. It was in those hearings that Anita Hill alleged that Thomas, while her boss at the Department of Education and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, had sexually harassed her. Hatch has since said that Thomas and his wife deserve an apology from Hill. "I have a lot of pressure to keep going, from the president right on down, my colleagues here in the Senate".

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