President Obama’s call to federal officials Tuesday regarding the vetting process for Syrian refugees turned both personal and political as the president called out GOP governors and others for being “scared of widows and 3-year-old orphans.” Leadership through ridicule turned out to be a losing hand, as the House voted today 289-137 to pass its Syrian refugee screening bill — a “stunning defeat” for the president.

Even before Congress flexed its muscle with the veto-proof vote, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) struck back at the president’s testy insult with the perfect rejoinder: “President Obama says we’re afraid of widows and orphans. I’m afraid of a foreign policy that creates more widows and orphans.”

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