Tim Scott reworks 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' to slam Obama

Story highlights

  • Tim Scott tweeted out a reworking of Clement Clarke Moore's classic poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas"
  • The South Carolina senator said he will fight to keep terrorists out of the country

Washington (CNN)Forget about mice. On the night before Christmas, Sen. Tim Scott has terrorism on his mind.

The South Carolina Republican tweeted out a reworking of Clement Clarke Moore's classic poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas," with lyrics attuned to one of today's ongoing political debates: whether to transfer terror detainees out of the Guantanamo Bay detention center.
"Twas the night before Christmas / When all through the White House / The President was transferring terrorists as quiet as a mouse," Scott tweeted Wednesday.
    The poem makes reference to the 17 prisoners transferred out of the detention facility earlier this month, as well as Defense Department reviews about whether to transfer detainees to prisons in South Carolina, Kansas and Colorado.
    "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,' " Scott wrote.
    President Barack Obama maintains that closing the detention facility, also known as Gitmo, remains a top national security priority for the U.S. and has pledged to continue chipping away at its population over his last year in office.
    "Guantanamo continues to be one of the key magnets for jihadi recruitment," Obama said at a press conference last week.
    But in the poem, Scott promises to fight Obama's efforts.
    "But I shall speak a word, and go straight to work, to ensure that Congress is on the alert /
    The costs are too high and the risks are too great, the answers is simple, there is no debate," Scott said.
    It continues:
    "We will fight to ensure terrorists remain in Guantanamo, surrounded by oceans and desert /
    Not on American soil as the President hopes to divert."