House Democratic leader-elect Rep. Hakeem Jeffries said Republicans like Mitch McConnell are hypocrites and shamelessness is their superpower.
Transcript of the ABC this week:
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Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate Minority Leader: The newly elected Democratic House leader is a past election denier who basically said the 2016 election was illegitimate. And suggest we have a, quote, a fake president.
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STEPHANOPOULOS: Suggesting the equivalent of Donald Trump. What is your response?
Jeffries: Well, you know, unfortunately the Republicans choose to focus on me, and the House Democrats are going to focus on fixing things for the American people.
Stephanopoulos: But you did say that history would never accept Donald Trump as a legitimate president, and the Republicans are creating quite a problem out of it. What is your response?
Jeffries: Well, it’s the Republican playbook, where facts don’t matter, hypocrisy is not a constraint on their behavior, and in many cases, they think shamelessness is a superpower.
My view on the situation is very clear, I support the certification of Donald Trump’s election, I attended his inauguration despite many voters and others across the country urging me and others not to, and have found a connection with Trump A collaborative approach The administration is the leading Democrat negotiating historic criminal justice reform.
The track record speaks for itself. At the same time, I don’t hesitate to criticize former presidents. I think I have good company all over the world.
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There is no equivalence between Jeffries and Trump, but Mitch McConnell is playing such extreme tricks on his Democrats that he always backs off to divert attention from major losses, while Republicans have been failing a lot lately.
Rep. Jeffries also sent a message to Republicans in the House and Senate that he may be a new leader, but he won’t be defined by them.
Republicans are able to break the rules and norms because they have no shame. They don’t care if they are called hypocrites.
Republicans don’t want to talk about the fact that they continue to support dictators who want to destroy the Constitutionso they make false comparisons and hope to divert attention from opposition to the ideals upon which our nation was built.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a congressional correspondent for the White House Press Fellowship and PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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