Orrin Hatch ended his tenure in 2019 as the longest-serving Republican senator in history — a unique career that positioned him as one of the most prominent conservatives in the United States.
But Hatch, a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump, hasn’t stayed on the sidelines.
On Wednesday, the former senator’s social media account went after President Joe Biden for his disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.
And Hatch only needed four pictures to destroy the Biden administration.
“For some, you can tell the entire story of their leadership in a single picture,” he wrote.
For some, you can tell the entire story of their leadership in a single picture. pic.twitter.com/5hgdFAflaU
— Retired Orrin G. Hatch (@RetiredOrrin) August 19, 2021
During his long tenure, Hatch was a staunch conservative who wasn’t afraid to cross the aisle. He teamed with Democrats to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Children’s Health Insurance Program for low-income kids.
He also championed GOP issues like abortion limits and played a major role in shaping the U.S. Supreme Court, including defending Clarence Thomas against sexual harassment allegations during confirmation hearings.
The senator famously defended Thomas during confirmation hearings by reading aloud from “The Exorcist” to suggest Anita Hill lifted details of her sexual harassment allegations from the horror book.
But Hatch also recommended President Bill Clinton name Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal, to the court.
“Few senators can claim a fraction of the influence of Orrin Hatch on the direction and makeup of the United States Supreme Court,” George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said in an email.
When Hatch announced his retirement in 2018 he convinced Mitt Romney, a controversial “Never Trump” Republican, to be his successor.
Since then, Hatch has served at the new Hatch Center library and think tank, which supporters raised millions to build in Salt Lake City.
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“As long as he is able, he’s going to have motivation to try to be a player and be in the process,” said Chambless, the University of Utah professor.
The Associated Press contributed to this article