House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Sunday railed at Democrats for holding up a $2T aid coronavirus relief package, blaming members for “theatrics” that thwarted “critical” aid and cost millions of jobs.
In an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” McCarthy decried the“damage” wreaked by the week long holdup.
“[House Speaker Nancy [Pelosi, D-Calif.] is trying to cover herself in the Democratic Party,” he charged, decrying “the amount of damage … done in the last week, requesting about changing election law, that her No. Three in her own party said they wanted to restructure government, take the opportunity of a crisis.”
“What happened last week, 3.2 million Americans lost their jobs, six times higher than the financial crisis, higher than the Great Depression all because Democrats wanted to put their liberal parts in” the relief package.
“But this president fought for it,” he continued. “This president stopped that and what’s most importantly is history will not be kind to the Democrats. Holding up that week was so critical. “
He also blasted the denouncement of the aid package by progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
“It’s not a time for theatrics,” McCarthy said.
“This is time to actually get the bill done but if you listen to these Democrats that is exactly what they want to do… Remember the virus is here. We did not invite it. We did not ask for it but we will defeat it together and that’s exactly what this bill does. Unfortunately we were held up a week by the Democrats.”