White House press secretary Jen Psaki mocked House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s eight hour and 32-minute floor speech during Friday’s press briefing.
‘Well, Kevin McCarthy said a lot of words – a lot of words. I just want to emphasize that. Over the course of eight and a half hours,’ Psaki said.
She then went through the California Republican’s greatest hits of the evening.
‘For those of you who didn’t watch all of it, he mused about – he shared his wish that he could have been in Tiananmen Square,’ she said. ‘He mused about whether or not Abraham Lincoln was actually assassinated.’
‘He shared his hope – or his thought – or dream, I’m not sure, about picturing America in a swim meet after World War II against every other country,’ she continued.
‘But in eight and a half hours what he did not talk about was cutting the cost of childcare, cutting the cost of eldercare, what we were going to do around the country to bring more women into the workforce, to protect our climate for generations to come,’ she added. ‘That, in our view, is all you need to know about Kevin McCarthy’s agenda and what he supports.’
White House press secretary Jen Psaki mocked House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s eight hour and 32-minute floor speech during Friday’s press briefing. ‘Well, Kevin McCarthy said a lot of words – a lot of words,’ she said
McCarthy used his leadership privileges to deliver a ‘magic minute’ speech, that stretched to nearly 5 a.m., in order to delay a final House vote on President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better social spending bill
McCarthy used his leadership privileges to deliver a ‘magic minute’ speech, that stretched to nearly 5 a.m., in order to delay a final House vote on President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better social spending bill.
Democrats got the bill over the line, with only one defection, Friday morning, in a vote of 220 to 213.
During the eight-plus hour speech, McCarthy labeled the bill the ‘single-most reckless and irresponsible spending bill in our nation’s history.’
The bill includes universal pre-K, expanded Medicare access to hearing aids, four weeks of paid family and medical leave, child care cost reductions and a number of provisions to combat climate change.
McCarthy’s speech did meander off-topic.
‘What if Abraham Lincoln was not assassinated?’ he said at one point.
‘There would be no Jim Crow laws,’ he claimed. ‘Mr. Speaker, I’d love to debate Jim Crow one day, because another portrait just hanging down from Lincoln is Joseph Rainey. The first black American to be elected to Congress.’
McCarthy pointed out that Rainey was a Republican and that the first black Democratic lawmaker wouldn’t be elected for another 60 years.
‘We defeated that original sin,’ he proclaimed.
Democratic lawmakers poked fun at McCarthy for his lengthy speech
McCarthy’s speech also touched on Elon Musk, the Afghanistan withdrawal, travel to Europe, the Hallmark Channel and the Nobel Peace Prize.
‘I can’t even afford to test drive a Tesla, and Elon is one of my best friends,’ he said about Musk.
As Psaki said, McCarthy mused about missing moments in history: ‘I wish I could have been in Tiananmen Square, and I wish I could have been there knocking down the Berlin Wall,’ the Republican leader said.
‘Nobody elected Joe Biden to be FDR,’ McCarthy said at one point.
‘I did,’ a Democrat, later identified to be Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, shouted back. ‘Me too!’ exclaimed another.
A number of Democratic lawmakers poked fun at McCarthy’s speech too.
‘I delivered a baby in less time,’ tweeted Rep. Grace Meng. ‘Now step aside and let us deliver real change, like paid leave and child care, to American families.’
Rep. Jamie Raskin joked, ‘We are hearing rumors that the front row of GOP hostages behind Kevin McCArthy are asking whether they can be censured instead.’
Republican Rep. Paul Gosar was censured by the House earlier this week after tweeting an anime video that showed him killing Ocasio-Cortez and attacking Biden.