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Sen. Orrin Hatch is a tribute to Charles Krauthammer
Sen. hatch: “In a political landscape marked by anger and bitterness, Charles stood for reason and respect.’
Just a week after the death of conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer, Utah sen. Orrin Hatch, a touching tribute that was Krauthammer’s “intellect was boundless.”
The legislature asked for a few minutes on the Senate Tuesday afternoon-address, “the passing of a dear friend,” who died Thursday at the age of 68, after a battle with cancer.
“Charles was a giant, like the conservative intellectual movement and the community,” said Luke. “With his death we lose not only a first-class political sense, but a model of courtesy. As proof of his decency, the leaders on both sides of the aisle Charles paid tribute over the weekend. Today, I am now speaking for people of all political stripes when I say, we miss him very much.”
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Although Krauthammer had physical limitations – he needed a wheelchair after an accident when he was 22 years old – Luke said: “his intellect was boundless.” He also praised Krauthammer control and skill in the debate.
“In so many ways, Charles showed us how the political discourse should be: balanced, rational, measured and informed, with an emphasis on facts about the feeling,” the legislator said.
In order to adequately honor the longtime Fox News contributor, whose awards include a Harvard-trained psychiatrist, Pulitzer prize winner and best-selling author, Luke said that his life should be honored, “through our actions.”
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“We can do that by you strong in our conviction, but soft with our words, using them as principled in our positions, but respectful of other views in this world,” said Luke. “In a word, we can be more civil.”
Luke said the country is currently experiencing “a deficit of civility,” both Republicans and Democrats are to blame “for the escalation of the rhetoric to irresponsible levels.”
“Is there a better way to honor the life of Charles Krauthammer, as you follow the example of courtesy, he leaves?” Luke thought for a moment. “May we all, then, recommit ourselves, as a courtesy, by the life Charles lived. His memory may be a blessing for all of us.”
Fox News’ Jason Donner and Elizabeth Llorente contributed to this report.