When one of the more outspoken Republicans takes a microphone, we can expect fireworks. There are three basic types of Republicans in Congress and in the media. Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) is like a rabid Chihuahua when let loose. Then, there are the amiable hound dogs with the monotone that dulls our senses as they slip by an irreverent change, such as Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Finally, there are the silent Doberman Pinscher-types like Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) who lie there in the dark silent, waiting to eat your children.
Let us not forget the mixed-breed Republican politicians. Take former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R). He starts off like a hound dog but can turn into a Doberman on a dime.
Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson appeared on an ABC This Week panel along with former Governor Chris Christie (R) and Republican Strategist Sarah Fagan. The strategist argued against the Democrats’ relief bill:
‘This COVID stimulus package is bloated, it’s fat, it should fail. There’s $130 billion for school reopening and the teachers union basically shoved it to Biden and said no. So we’re now going to give $130 billion to public schools that aren’t going to open.’
‘It’s to protect the teachers and the families.’
Then, Christie jumped into the fray:
‘And the CDC says you don’t have to. And the CDC says that schools could have reopened months ago. And the only reason that they didn’t in my state, in other states is because of the teachers union saying they don’t want to go back. And you know who that’s hurting? Urban kids! Urban kids!’
‘[Teachers] have adjusted their lives to make sure kids stay educated through this pandemic.’
Moving into attack mode, Christie burst out:
‘And they are not?’
‘They are putting themselves at risk.’
Christie, who is also an attorney jabbed back, repeating:
‘Urban kids are not being educated in this, they’re not!’
‘Teachers need to go back to work.’
Christie was not disagreeing:
‘That’s right. If the guy loading my produce at the super market can go back to work, a teacher can go back and start teaching an urban kid. They’re failing our urban kids and they’re a disgrace.’
Check out the panel’s interaction in the ABC video below:
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