Context is the key to everything. Within it lies the joke. It may be a droll joke, or a bad joke, but it’s a joke. Like when a certain senator asks and answers, “Were the President’s actions perfect? No.” as reason for not wishing to even hear from additional witnesses, and it turns out he was a former state Attorney General, well, that’s a joke.
The former CEOs who made millions of dollars before deciding they wanted to embark into politics partly to deny people health care are total jokes themselves, and anything they say has to be considered hysterical. Those are rules of the English language.
The whole project is a taste of dark humor. It’s like Fargo but everything documented on our cards really did happen. Enjoy!