The intrepid White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki drives her pointed written word right into the heart of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)’s outrage. Yes, he is the man who salivates every time that he hears the word “Speaker.” And what he will not do to become one. But compared to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), he is a poor contrast. The minority leader sent a letter to President Joe Biden, then he slapped it onto Twitter for everyone to see. Psaki offered “facts instead.”
If he ever became the speaker, McCarthy would only be a sock puppet for Donald Trump. His letter to President Biden was pumped full of “I’m-shocked-just-shocked” statements. How refreshing it is to hear “just the facts, Ma’am” responses from our press secretary. McCarthy wrote:
‘Mr. President, it’s time for you to reevaluate your priorities. We must address our supply chain and ports crisis before Congress considers any additional social spending and taxation legislation. Read Republicans’ full letter to President Biden here:”
Paski noted that “job growth is up 10x over the end of the Trump-McCarthy economy.” Then, she pointed out that unemployment insurance was down a whopping “60%+.” President Biden has employed five million more people than Trump did, too. Instead of promising infrastructure every week until it became a joke, our new president has been making it happen.
The president’s traditional infrastructure and human infrastructure bills will put untold numbers of Americans back to work, too. Psaki replied to McCarthy on Twitter:
‘Let’s do facts instead. Under @POTUS job growth is up 10x over the end of the Trump-McCarthy economy, UI claims are down 60%+, and 5m more people are back to work. If @GOPLeader wanted to help our economy, he would support our bill to invest in ports, roads, bridges, and jobs.’
McCarthy started his letter claiming he has been “spurned” by the White House:
‘As House Republicans, we write because we refuse to stand by and watch as your Administration dilutes America’s ability to ensure the safe and efficient movement of goods, people, and service throughout our transportation network. House Republicans have repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to work on bipartisan solutions to improve our infrastructure. We regret that our efforts have been spurned.’
McCarthy ended with:
‘[Your] massive expansion of social spending, paid for by anti-competitive tax increases on small business and families, only stands to worsen the supply chain crisis.’
Louis Gill (D) announced he would run against McCarthy for his California 23rd District seat in Congress. The minority leader may not have noticed, but his district has been turning purple.
CSU Bakersfield Political Science Professor Jeanine Kraybill noted that Gill has stronger advantages than McCarthy’s former opponents:
‘McCarthy is the one with a record to defend. and over the last year he has really taken a lot of criticism in his district by both Trump supporters, which I think is interesting, and people that oppose him.
‘…Louis comes in with a name — he has not necessarily the level of McCarthy — but he comes in with a clean slate. And I think what is interesting about Louis Gill is that he’s big tent. He is big tent. I’d be hard-pressed to find someone who can tell me something negative about Louis Gill.’
Gill has his feet on the ground. Kevin McCarthy is simply not working as hard for his seat this time.
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