Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) walked right into a rather hilarious American history lesson when trying to pay Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) a compliment, Maine's Knox VillageSoup reports.
King told the story during a speech last weekend in Camden, Maine. The senator began by praising the Senate Intelligence Committee for being bipartisan, thanks in large part to the work of chairman Burr and vice chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.). King recounted one time he tried to thank Burr for a joint press conference he held with his Democratic counterpart on the topic of getting to the bottom of Russian election meddling:
King recalls that in appreciation of the bipartisan and positive nature of the press conference, he said to Burr, "Richard, that was a great press conference. You and Mark did a terrific job. It's important for the American people to be together on this. Like they say in Hamilton, 'History has its eyes on you.'
And Richard took one step back, and said 'Angus, I don't know if you want to quote Hamilton to me, since my great-great-grandfather shot him.'" [Knox VillageSoup]
Whoops. Jeva Lange