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If Republicans retake the House and Senate in November, possible future Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to do his part to ensure that President Joe Biden embraces moderation instead of radicalism.
“Let me put it this way. Biden ran as a moderate. If I’m the majority leader in the Senate and Kevin McCarthy is the speaker of the House, we’ll make sure Joe Biden is a moderate,” he said on Fox News’ “Fox News Sunday.”
He proceeded to list the ways in which Biden’s radical policies have wrecked the country.
“I think his policies have not worked, beginning with a precipitous and ill-advised withdrawal from Afghanistan, which became kind of a metaphor for the incompetence that’s been on full display during this administration. None of the policies they pursued have worked out well,” he said.
“The $2 trillion dollars they dumped on the economy last year against the advice of economists like Larry Summers produced the 40-year wave of inflation everybody’s seeing when they fill up their automobiles, when they go to the grocery store.”
He was correct.
Democrats’ $2 trillion “COVID stimulus” triggered massive inflation that disproportionately affects families of color who are forced to pay more for gasoline and groceries.
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— Ways and Means GOP (@WaysandMeansGOP) April 7, 2022
Reason magazine notes that, according to a new study, “inflation is running higher in the United States than just about anywhere else right now … because the American government was relatively more generous during the pandemic, borrowing and spending trillions of dollars to not only fund COVID-19 relief efforts but to line the pockets of Americans with direct payments that enlarged the money supply and overheated the economy.”
To be fair, former President Donald Trump also spent money, albeit at the beginning of the pandemic. Reason acknowledges this but stresses that the $1,400/person checks doled out by Biden in early 2021 were “the big blow.”
Continuing his list, McConnell also drew attention to the current president’s border policies and crime policies.
“Their policies have produced a virtually open border. The previous administration did a good job at the border. They reversed all those policies. And we’ve been paying the price for that. We have a crime wave in the country, and they’re continuing to promote policies that, in my view, are pretty much soft on crime,” he said.
Watch the full interview below:
Perino then changed the subject to ask for McConnell’s thoughts on the president’s likability. But just to be clear, the president’s radicalism is also readily apparent in his embrace of racial essentialism and radical transgender ideology, his overtures to Iran and China and his attempts to eliminate the Senate filibuster.
McConnell responded to Perino’s likability inquiry by admitting that he personally likes the president but stressing that likability can’t save a presidency steeped in bad policies.
“It’s pretty clear to me that personality is, in my view, not what’s driving his unpopularity. I think it’s the policies they’ve been pursuing,” he said.
As to what sort of policies he intends to promote if the GOP retakes the Senate, McConnell said he’ll be “focused on exactly what you and I’ve been talking about: crime, education, beefing up the defense of our country.”
“We got big power competition with the Russians and the Chinese. We need to meet the demands of the international situation. So all of those will be on our agenda,” he added.
Potential House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has promised similar. Speaking at this year’s House Republican Issues Conference last month, he called for using a victory in November as an “opportunity” to “change the course of where America is today.”
McCarthy’s vow of big change in America if GOP wins midterms falls on skeptical conservative ears https://t.co/6AYZ6QQiZV
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) March 25, 2022
“If they are concerned about rising prices, we have a plan to stop that. If they are concerned about gasoline, we can make America energy independent. If they’re concerned about their border not being secured, we can secure it,” he said.
“If they are concerned about parents not having a say in their kids’ education, we believe they have a right to that. If they’re concerned about the weakness from the White House, we believe in peace through strength. We believe this is an opportunity to change the course of where America is today and make it stronger for the next century.”
Speaking on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” around that same time, another top Republican, House Republican Conference chair Elise Stefanik, echoed McCarthy’s remarks but also vowed that the party is fully unified.
“House Republicans are unified in providing an alternative and an agenda to help save our country,” she said.
“The American people know that they are looking for a different direction. And what are they seeing from the Democrats? Doubling down on their failed policies” – @RepStefanik pic.twitter.com/A06Uj6S5X8
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) March 24, 2022
Of course, Republicans must retake both the House and Senate for any of this to happen. But given recent polling data, and given Democrats’ insistence on quadrupling down on their policies, it appears very likely McConnell and McCarthy will indeed soon be the top honchos in Congress.
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