GOP senator riffs on ‘Night Before Christmas’ to hit Obama on Gitmo

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) turned poet Wednesday, riffing on the holiday classic “A Visit From St. Nicholas” to criticize President Obama’s intention to shutter the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

{mosads}The spoof sent out by Scott’s office begins: 

Twas the night before Christmas

When all through the White House

The President was transferring terrorists as quiet as a mouse

The terrorists were nestled all snug in their well-guarded beds

While visions of returning to al-Qaeda or ISIS danced in their heads

In his year-end press conference, Obama promised to deliver a plan to close the facility and hinted that he would be willing to use executive action should Congress reject his proposal.

Closing the prison was one of Obama’s top promises during his first presidential run in 2008, and he has fought unsuccessfully to empty the facility during his seven years in office.

Scott’s home state of South Carolina houses one of the prison sites that the Pentagon visited as it sought a potential location for Guantanamo detainees who are considered too dangerous to be transferred or released.

Scott has been vocal about opposing any plan to close the facility, as his poem makes clear:

And what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a site assessment team with locations to volunteer,

With a neighborhood, a school, a church close enough for the terrorists to use

They whistled and shouted and called them by name: ‘Now Charleston! Now Colorado! Now Kansas, let us choose!

In his poem, Scott promised to remain vigilant in opposing the closure of the prison:

We will fight to ensure terrorists remain in Guantanamo, surrounded by oceans and desert

Not to American soil as the President hopes to divert 

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