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Kevin McCarthy Humiliates Himself With A Dr. Oz-Style Grocery Store Campaign Ad

We’ve all heard the old saying: Some people never learn.

One of those people is House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who thought it’d be a great idea to shoot a campaign ad for the Republican Party’s “Commitment to America,” a warmed-over rehash of the 1994 GOP “Contract With America” that led to a government shutdown and helped get then-president Bill Clinton re-elected in 1996.

But McCarthy also decided he’d shoot the ad in a grocery store, despite Pennsylvania Republican senatorial candidate Mehmet Oz’s disaster when he filmed an ad featuring crudités (a.k.a. chopped veggies). Remember that head-shaking ad? If not, take a look, along with commentary from the Lincoln Project:

And now along comes McCarthy, Newsweek reports, and his ad is almost as bad as Oz’s:

It highlights less foreign dependence on energy to prevent increased gas prices at home, and discourages the continued reliance on China for medical and technological supplies. The platform also aims to “protect the lives of unborn children and their mothers.”

“Now, more than ever, Americans are struggling just to get by. They’re wondering if they can even make it. You know what’s worse? The country’s struggle goes beyond just the grocery store.”

And that’s when the ad gets downright dark:

He alludes to record-high violent crime, and the “national security crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border that includes elevated fentanyl-related deaths. He and GOP leadership, which includes Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and representatives Elise Stefanik of New York and Gary Palmer of Alabama, also blame liberals for school closures and lockdowns that have led to worse educational outcomes.

“The White House and the Democrat majority in Congress control Washington,” McCarthy said. “They’re in charge; this is their record. And yet, they want you to give them two more years of power.”

As you might expect, McCarthy neglected to mention that the GOP has some terrifying plans for this country if they take control of the House, as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) noted on Thursday:

“House Republicans are doubling down on an extreme MAGA agenda: to criminalize women’s health care, to slash seniors’ Medicare (including with the repeal of the lower drug prices for seniors in the Inflation Reduction Act), and to attack our democracy.”

Those remarks were echoed by Massachusetts Representative Katherine Clark, another member of House Democratic leadership, who warned voters:

“House Republicans are making a ‘commitment’ to ban abortion nationwide and criminalize women’s health. We’re committed to stopping them.

“MAGA Republicans released a blueprint for extremism. Their vision is a future where women’s health care is criminalized, prescription drug costs skyrocket, and Social Security and Medicare are slashed. Republicans are a threat to every American’s freedom and security.”

Oh, and if McCarthy’s new ad isn’t bad enough, it also appears from recent polling that Democrats may well keep control of the House and add seats in the Senate because the GOP was stupid enough to choose Trump-endorsed candidates.

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Kevin McCarthy Gets Dragged On Twitter For His Bizarre ‘Electric Cord Of Liberty’ Remark

Everywhere you turned today, Republicans were lining up to loudly whine about remarks made by President Joe Biden about “MAGA Republicans” who put their loyalty to one man over doing what’s best for the country.

But it was something House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said prior to the president’s speech that left many scratching their heads. Here’s the part of his speech that was so confusing:

“The American experiment and the good people who believe in it have not said their last word. The electric cord of liberty still sparks in our hearts. The spirit of the Pilgrims, the Patriots and the Pioneers still inspire our souls. Our best days are ahead of us, not behind us. Our nation can flourish again and under a new historic Republican majority.”

Umm…what? Electric cord of liberty? Does that connect to the pedestal fan of freedom or is it only to be used for the hair dryer of justice? So many questions!

It would appear, according to HuffPost, that McCarthy was trying to reference Abraham Lincoln:

The electric cord reference seemingly harks back to an 1858 Abraham Lincoln speech in which Lincoln said the Declaration of Independence “links the hearts of patriotic and liberty-loving men together” like an electric cord through the generations.

Sure, we all learned that in history class, right? If McCarthy wanted to pay tribute to Honest Abe, he should have said that’s where he got his electric cord reference.

Instead, we’re left to wonder what the purpose of the line was, which certainly set off lots of debate on Twitter. Take a look:

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Kevin McCarthy Tried To Troll Dr. Fauci And Wound Up Mocking Trump Instead

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) probably thought he had the perfect line to troll Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to the president, who announced that he would be retiring after over 50 years as one the nation’s top experts on disease.

Appearing on Fox News, McCarthy told host Jesse Watters:

“I just have one rule of thumb: I really don’t trust anyone that keeps a mural of themselves in their office. I just think those types of individuals should have to come and answer the questions.”

HuffPost reports that Dr. Fauci does indeed have a portrait of himself in his office:

The Fauci image was painted in 2020 by singer/songwriter/artist Joan Baez to honor him as someone who has “made meaningful social change without the use of violence.”

However, there is a person who has portraits of himself painted and pays for them, although usually not with his own money: Disgraced ex-president Donald Trump.

Trump has a large portrait of himself at his Mar-a-Lago resort and famously lined the walls of his New York office with magazine covers featuring his visage. His post-presidential office even features a small statue of Trump.

That boomeranged badly on McCarthy, who is already under fire from Trump. The failed, one-term former president recently called him “very very foolish” for failing to appoint Republicans to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection.

McCarthy was thoroughly mocked on Twitter for his “trust” declaration.

 

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Kevin McCarthy Asks If Americans Are Better Off Than 2 Years Ago And Gets His A*s Handed To Him

During debate Friday on the Inflation Reduction Act, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) borrowed a line from former president Ronald Reagan that quickly came back and bit him squarely on the ass.

HuffPost reports:

In a speech on the House floor, McCarthy asked, “Is America better off today than they were two years ago?” which referenced a question Reagan asked during a 1980 presidential debate with then-President Jimmy Carter.

McCarthy’s memory, however, must indeed be very short, because as Twitter users quickly reminded him, two years ago the United States (and the entire planet) were in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic which has so far killed over a million Americans.

The impact of the COVID pandemic was magnified in the U.S. in large part because then-president Donald Trump refused for months to acknowledge the seriousness of the disease and told the country it would dissipate as soon as the weather grew warmer in the spring and summer.

Trump also suggested using disinfectant inside the body to destroy the virus and infusions of “light” into people to counter the disease.

While McCarthy’s question was clearly meant to be rhetorical, he was pelted with responses for the complete tone-deafness of what he said.

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January 6 Committee Subpoenas Five GOP House Members – McCarthy And Jordan Included

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol has issued subpoenas for the testimony of five Republican members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).

NBC News reports:

The Democratic-controlled committed previously asked the congressmen, which also include Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Mo Brooks of Alabama and Andy Biggs of Arizona, to sit for voluntary interviews, but all had refused.

With the exception of ethics committee investigations, the subpoenas are believed to be the first congressional subpoenas to sitting members and will almost certainly be challenged in court.

The panel has said that all five congressmen, who are allies of former President Donald Trump, have information critical to its probe of the deadly riot by a mob of Trump supporters seeking to disrupt President Joe Biden’s election victory.

In a letter he sent to McCarthy in January, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) made it clear the panel wanted to know all about discussions he might have had with failed, one-term former President Donald Trump regarding the protests that included storming the Capitol, leaving five people dead, including a police officer.

However, McCarthy said he would decline to cooperate:

“I have concluded to not participate with this select committee’s abuse of power that stains this institution today and will harm it going forward.”

Now that he’s facing referral to the DOJ for criminal contempt, McCarthy might want to give more serious thought to cooperating.