House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the results of the Nov. 3 election showed that “the American people” are “fed up” of the Democratic leadership in Congress.
The Republicans won 10 seats in the House and came within a few seats of reaching a majority.
The new congressional leadership took office on Sunday. By a narrow margin, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was re-elected to her post.
McCarthy was highly critical of Pelosi, saying her partisanship made the last two years of the House, under her leadership, among the “least productive” in the history of Congress.
“Two months ago today, the American people said ‘enough,'” McCarthy said.
“Enough with politicians who dictate what you can say, where you can eat, and whether you can go to church.
Enough with politicians who ignore the stay-at-home lockdowns they impose on the rest of us.” ” Enough with the arrogance and the hypocrisy,” he added.
McCarthy said, “Americans are fed up with it and we Republicans are too.”
Following the election results, McCarthy said that Americans voted “against socialism” because several members of the Democratic Party proposed radical ideas, such as defunding the police.
This is why McCarthy said that the American people chose the Republican Party.
“As the Party of Lincoln, Republicans understand what it means to carry our constituents’ concerns with us at all times,” McCarthy said. “We are a growing, working-class coalition of proud Americans—more energetic, united, and confident than ever before,” he explained.
“We have listened to our constituents … and we made a Commitment to America to restore our way of life, to rebuild the economy, and to renew the American Dream,” he said.
It should be noted that Pelosi’s re-election as speaker in the 117th Congress was very close and did not have the support of the majority of the 435 members of the House.
In fact, she had to resort to the votes of The Squad, led by leftist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
Several members of the Democratic Party have argued that the party’s poor performance in the last elections was related precisely to the more radical positions of some politicians.
“Stop sloganeering. Sloganeering kills people. Sloganeering destroys movements,” said Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) about the labels “socialist” and “progressive.”
“This foolishness about you got to be this progressive or that progressive. That phrase ‘defund the police’ cost Jaime Harrison tremendously,” Clyburn explained, referring to the South Carolina politician who lost the Senate race to current Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.