This week, 45 US Senators signed a letter to Boris Johnson pledging support for a continued special relationship with the UK after Brexit, deal or no-deal.
“We pledge our friendship in the future to the UK”, it said, advocating for a new trade agreement between the countries. The letter has been used by Brexiteers to argue that there is mainstream political support in the US for Brexit.
However, through some expert Googling we found that these American Senators hold extreme views – not people we should be working with to create a new post-Brexit relationship.
Climate change denial
The majority of the Senators are sceptical of climate change, with varying vehemence. Jim Inhofe, one of the gang, wrote a book called The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, in which he argued that there is no such thing as climate change.
Meanwhile, Ben Sasse claimed fear about the climate was “alarmism” and a few of the Senators including Mike Enzi, John Cornyrn and Tim Scott were among the 22 Republicans who penned a letter to Trump urging the US to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Again, the majority of the Senators who signed the letter are anti-abortion, while some only think it should be allowed when a woman is raped. In 2013, Tom Cotton voted for a bill to ban abortions past 20 weeks and Mike Crapo supported a bill in 1998 to make it illegal for minors to cross state lines to get abortions.
The Senators also seem to have a problem with homosexuality. Jim Inhofe apparently doesn’t hire openly-gay members of staff and is also against adding sexual orientation to the definitions of hate crime. Martha McSally is considered a moderate – but she is still against gay marriage, as is Pat Roberts, John Boozman and more.
The people who signed the letter also adhere to the gunslinging Republican stereotype. Many, including Jim Risch, have been endorsed with an A+ rating from the NRA because of their voting record on gun control, or lack thereof.
After the Las Vegas shooting in 2017, John Thune said that we live in an open society where people can do what they want. He said: “I think people are going to have to take steps in their own lives to take precautions. To protect themselves”.
The Senators may relate to Boris Johnson as, like him, many have been embroiled in controversies after saying the wrong thing.
Lindsey Graham “joked” that it would be “terrible” if a DNA test showed he had Iranian ancestry, on an episode of Fox and Friends.
Meanwhile David Perdue, a close ally of Donald Trump, accidentally implied he was praying for then-President Barack Obama’s death in 2016. He said: “We should pray for Barack Obama. But I think we need to be very specific about how we pray. We should pray like Psalmes 109:8 says. It says, ‘Let his days be few, and let another have his office’”.
Reminder: these are the people who want to forge a new relationship with Britain after Brexit. No thanks.