The longer Kevin McCarthy talks, the more annoyed and irritated the House Republicans behind him become.
The people seated behind McCarthy are supposed to be his cheering section. The Republicans are meant to serve as the fuel that keeps McCarthy fighting on.
Instead, they are checking their phones, looking away, and are appearing increasingly annoyed that Kevin McCarthy who ran out of things to say roughly two minutes after he began to speak, won’t shut up.
Hugo Lowell of The Guardian tweeted:
House GOP Leader says as Dems evaporate from the chamber that just because they leave, doesn’t mean he will stop — though Dems don’t appear to care anymore and now the Republicans behind him seem agitated.
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) November 19, 2021
Speaker Pelosi’s Office summed up the general feeling about McCarthy’s stunt in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA:
We’re glad we’re not the only ones who can’t follow Minority Leader McCarthy’s meandering rant that has nothing to do with the Build Back Better Act.
Tonight, Kevin McCarthy previewed Republicans very best attacks against the deficit reducing, inflation crushing Build Back Better Act.
As he hopefully approaches the end, we’re all left wondering: does Kevin McCarthy know where he is right now?
McCarthy’s speech had nothing to do with Build Back Better. It was an incoherent pile of nonsense that showed the sort of unprepared leader that McCarthy is.
It is a guarantee that Saturday Night Live will cold open with this. Kevin McCarthy was that bad.
All that the Minority Leader accomplished was annoying everyone in earshot, including his own Republicans.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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