Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a floor speech yesterday in which he gave an intense welcome to New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. This is the one who House Democrats unanimously selected this week as their new leader in the upcoming Congress.
McConnell drew attention to Jeffries’ hotheaded denial of the 2016 presidential election and his dismissal of Supreme Court decisions.
Take a look at McConnells “welcome” remarks about Jeffries:
“It has been one of the big, unfortunate ironies of the past several years: Many of the same individuals and institutions on the political left who spent the years 2017 through 2020 yelling about the importance of norms and institutions have themselves not hesitated to undermine our institutions when they’re unhappy with a given outcome. For example, the newly-elected incoming leader of the House Democrats is a past election denier who baselessly said the 2016 election was, ‘illegitimate’ and suggested that we had a, ‘fake’ president. He has also mounted reckless attacks on our independent judiciary and said that Justices he didn’t like have, ‘zero legitimacy.’ Unfortunately, when it comes to attacking our independent judiciary, the Democrats’ new leader isn’t an outlier, he’s a representative sample. In the last few years, we’ve seen my counterpart the Senate Democratic Leader threaten sitting Justices by name on the Supreme Court steps. We’ve seen President Biden and Attorney General Garland refuse to enforce federal law and put a stop to illegal harassment campaigns at Justices’ private family homes. And we have seen coordinated efforts by Democrats and the media to use smear campaigns to personally punish Justices whose legal reasoning they don’t like.”
McConnell may have felt it was necessary to address these issues about Jeffries because the media and Reuters and the Associated Press would not. There was not a word about his conspiracies, election denialism, and anti-institution broadsides.
Thanks, Mitch for the reminder.