Barney Frank comments on bombing: ‘Not the end of the world’

A former Massachusetts congressman referred to media coverage of the Boston Marathon finish line bombing as “hyperbolic” and the attack itself as “not the end of the world.”

When former Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. appeared on MSNBC Tuesday, anchor Thomas Roberts invited Frank to deliver an optimistic message to “the people of Boston, the People of Massachusetts.”

“I think that it’s greatly hyperbolic,” Frank answered. “This is awful, people died and they deserve — their families — great sympathy. People are injured, they deserve the best we can give them, but this isn’t the end of the world. We’re not Afghanistan, we’re not Iraq.”

Wrote Mediaite’s Jordan Charlton, “Barney, tell the parents who lost their eight-year-old son ‘This isn’t the end of the world,’ or tell the still-unknown number of runners and bystanders, who as a reward for months of training and/or supporting a friend or family member, had one or both their legs amputated.”

Then astonishingly, Frank did what Frank has always done best — he politicized the event.

“I hope that we will be able to find some revenue so that Boston doesn’t have to pay for this absolutely necessary expenditure by cutting back on other important services down the line,” he said.

Roberts called Frank out on this statement.

“Do you feel like you’re capitalizing and making political hay of this event that happened?” the MSNBC anchor asked.

“I’m talking common sense,” Frank replied. “I’m saying that, if the sequester had gone through and we had not had enough money, we couldn’t be able to do this. I’m making an argument about reality, and that’s the only responsible response.”

Watch the exchange below. H/T Mediaite.

http://www.mediaite.com/online/frankly-foolish-barney-frank-should-try-telling-parents-of-8-year-old-boston-victim-its-not-the-end-of-the-world/

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  • Lisa

    According to a report this morning, Barney Frank is currently in salary negotiations with DreamWorks Studios to portray Elmer Fudd in Steven Spielberg's new "Loony Tunes" movie. http://www.thedailyrash.com/barney-frank-in-salar

  • Rick Antonoff

    I was repulsed by Barney Frank's response almost immediately.I thought he may have lost his focus and would somehow find his way back to subject matter of the actual question. Instead, he continued with his politically driven ramble and basically minimized the bombing attack in the streets of Boston! What does the budget have to do with this event!

    I get the sense that his message was telling everyone to get over it, we've been through much worse, just be glad the government is involved! Boston will be fine in a couple days.

  • Kris Meehan

    Ugh WHY OH GOD WHY ARE WE TALKING TO THIS CRETON WHO SHOULD BE IN JAIL!!!! HE IS ONE OF THE AUTHORS OF WHY THE HOUSING MARKET CRASHED AND IS AN OUT OF TOUCH INSIGNIFICANT JERK OH EXCEPT TO MSNBC LEMMINGS@@@

  • Maggie

    I usually try to find a civilized way to say something because I really do believe we have become very coarse in our dealing with each other. I am breaking my own rule.

    Barney, you are an AH with no brain, common sense or heart!!!!!!! If you died tomorrow,this world,especially this country, would be better off. Perhaps God could figure out what to do with a soul like you.

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  • Barry G

    If the sitting President was G.W.Bush then Barney Fwank and the rest of the Libtards would be screaming bloody murder.

  • Harry Travis

    Fagget slob, but a pressure cooker bomb under his ass