Utah's biggest newspaper unloads on Orrin Hatch

Hatch office dismisses scathing Tribune editorial as click bait

The honor "has everything to with recognizing" Hatch's "utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power", writes the paper's editorial staff.

Utah's largest newspaper is calling on the state's senior senator to step down in a brutal editorial.

In addition, the newspaper scolded Hatch for his part in the "dramatic dismantling" of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah.

"Grateful for this great Christmas honor from the Salt Lake Tribune", Hatch tweeted, but he paper's editorial board bashed Hatch, writing that the senator had made the most news and impact on the state "for good or for ill".

Hatch responded to the editorial with a tongue-in-cheek tweet, along with his own "picks" for Utahn of the Year. He added that The Tribune had urged Mr. Hatch, who has served for over 40 years, to retire in the past.

But a number of news outlets and online critics called out Hatch for referring to "the honor" of the Tribune's designation as the editorial board was slamming him. "And Hatch, as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has his fingerprints all over it".

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The Tribune selected the Republican senator as their "Utahn of the Year" over the weekend for his consequential role in helping pass the first sweeping rewrite of the nation's tax code in over 30 years, and, more controversially, persuading President Donald Trump to scale back two national monuments in southern Utah.

Hatch spokesman Matt Whitlock released a statement accusing the Salt Lake Tribune of pursuing an "unquenchable thirst for clicks" in their scathing Christmas Day editorial published on Monday.

Spencer Cox, the lieutenant governor Hatch named as one of his picks, placed in the middle of the pack.

Political observers from Utah to Washington have watched Hatch closely to see if he will seek re-election or announce his retirement, opening up a Senate seat in a solid red state.

One Twitter user blamed the blunder on Hatch's ego. At the event, Trump invited members of Congress to speak, and when Hatch's turn came, he offered a glowing approval of the legislation - and the President.

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