RNC Chair: Obama Created 'Culture' Leading to IRS Scandal
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said that the White House’s culture of fear and intimidation had created the climate for the IRS’ targeting of conservatives. “The culture of the president calling tea party groups terrorists and tea-baggers, and that entire culture has been cultivated by the president and his people, and everyone has been following,” Priebus said.
The idea that this was low-level employees acting on their own is ridiculous, Priebus claimed. “That’s why it doesn’t make any sense. That’s why we need to keep digging, because the idea that two or three people in lower offices in Cincinnati just suddenly out of thin air just decided, ‘You know what, why don’t we launch this massive effort to derail conservative groups, and actually go after individuals that give to conservative groups,’ that that just suddenly happened.”
Priebus added that if the White House was truly ignorant about the IRS activity, that was proof that the government had become too huge to control. “Government under Barack Obama has gotten so big that his main defense is, ‘Look, I don’t know anything about these scandals, because everything under me is so big and unwieldy that I can’t possibly know about it.’ Well, that’s a world and that’s an America that the founding fathers didn’t fight for.”