Capehart and Abernathy on congressional bipartisanship, inflation, redistricting

Jonathan Capehart:

I don’t know if there’s any turning back.

Excuse me, Judy.

And I say I don’t know if there’s any turning back because there is an incredible silence among Republican leaders. Leave aside Donald Trump. And no one’s surprised to hear him say what he said about “Hang Mike Pence.”

The problem is in the question is, where is House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy? Leader is in his title. He should have said something immediately about Congressman Gosar. He should have said something immediately about Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene calling the 13 Republicans who voted for the infrastructure bill — quote — “traitors.”

He should have been out there and should be continuously out there saying: This is not who we are as Republicans. This is not who we are as a party. This is not who we are as a caucus.

Because, if the leader of the caucus doesn’t set an example, rhetorically or even by his actions, then the Paul Gosar and the Marjorie Taylor Greenes are given, no pun intended, green lights to keep doing the things that they’re doing, which is providing — creating an atmosphere of menace around the Capitol that has been there since January 6.

Congresswoman Cori Bush moved her office from next door to Marjorie Taylor Greene because of the menace. Marjorie Taylor Greene has gotten into fights with Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, Congresswoman Liz Cheney, Congressman Jamie Raskin.

And she’s able to do that because House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy hasn’t said anything. And the idea that he has not said anything about this Paul Gosar video that Twitter had the good sense to finally take down tells me all I need to know about how fearful and concerned we should be about a Speaker McCarthy if the Republicans take control of the House in next term — in next year’s midterms.

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