Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jack Reed (D-RI), who were caught on a hot mic Tuesday after a Senate subcommittee meeting, dissed more than President Trump, as originally reported by The Washington Post.
Collins went in for Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex), who said in a recent radio interview that he blames female senators for blocking the repeal of Obamacare, as TIME pointed out. “If it was a guy from south Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style,” Farenthold said in an interview with “1440 Keys” on Monday.
Near the end of the recording, Collins asks Reed, “Did you see the one who challenged me to a duel?”
“I know,” Reed said. “Trust me. Do you know why he challenged you to a duel? Cause you could beat the sh– out of him.”
“Well, he’s huge,” Collins said. “And he–I don’t mean to be unkind, but he’s so unattractive it’s unbelievable. Did you see the picture of him in his pajamas next to this Playboy bunny?”
This is the photo Sen. Susan Collins was referring to when she commented on Rep. Blake Farenthold wearing pajamas in 2010. pic.twitter.com/jZYCPC4FYW
— Beatrice-Elizabeth (@MissBeaE) July 25, 2017
The conversation included a discussion about Trump. Collins and Reed were discussing the federal budget following a hearing by the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee when the Trump bashing started.
“I think — I think he’s crazy,” Reed said of Trump, according to the Washington Post. “I mean, I don’t say that lightly and as a kind of a goofy guy.”
“I’m worried,” Collins said, the Post reported.
Collins implied that Trump doesn’t even know about the Budget Control Act, a 2011 law that defines the budget process. The pair noted that Trump discussed his budget at an event last weekend to launch a new aircraft carrier.
“He was down at the Ford commissioning… saying, ‘I want them to pass my budget.’ Okay, so we give him $54 billion and then we take it away across the board which would cause chaos,” Reed said.
“Right,” Collins fired back before Reed said, “Not one word about the debt ceiling.”