Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) trolled Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)’s effort to portray himself as “Spartacus” – a gladiator slave who dared to challenge Rome in the Third Servile War – as he pulled a publicity stunt to release classified information that wasn’t classified at all in the hopes of drumming up the anti-Kavanaugh crowd, which appears to be fizzling or otherwise failing to gain traction. Hatch tweeted a picture of himself talking to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and captioned it “You know . . . I knew Spartacus.” Well played, Senator, well played.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
Republican lawmakers this week openly mocked Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., for claiming to have an “I am Spartacus” moment when he claimed to violate Senate rules by releasing emails related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, even though the emails had already been approved for release.
Booker insisted Thursday he was a Senate rule violator, even though the email he discussed in the hearing was OK’d for public release the night before. And after Booker dramatically laid claim to an “I am Spartacus” moment, Republicans mocked him for it.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, tweeted out a picture of him talking to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, and captioned it, “You know … I knew Spartacus.”
“You know… I knew Spartacus.” pic.twitter.com/94eGPCkOp1
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) September 6, 2018
Friday morning, Rubio joked about how Booker’s stunt might have played out in ancient Rome.
“On this day in 71B.C. the Thracian gladiator Spartacus was put to death by Marcus Licinius Crassus for disclosing confidential scrolls,” Rubio tweeted.