Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy wandered for more than eight hours, moving from topics such as Tiananmen Square and the Berlin Wall to Elon Musk, recalls of Covid and Donald Trump not winning the Nobel, with the aim of delaying the passage of the Democrats “social spending and climate package.”
Mr McCarthy was supposed to present the GOP’s arguments against the massive $ 2 trillion package, which aims to overhaul the country’s health care, education, climate, immigration and tax laws on Thursday night before the House votes on the bill.
Instead, the Republican representative used the House’s “magic minute” rule, which allows the President, Majority Leader, and Minority Leader to speak for an unlimited time, and then uttered a obstruction speech for hours, clearly indicating that he was doing to delay the vote.
The vote will now take place on Friday morning as Democrats decided to leave the House amid the seemingly endless speech.
“Be clear: never in American history has so much been spent at the same time – at one time,” the California representative said in a rare mention of the bill in an otherwise rambling speech. “Never in American history will so many taxes be raised and so many loans will be needed to pay for all these reckless expenses.”
His speech began at 8:38 p.m. ET and touched on many topics such as the military withdrawal from Afghanistan, his inability to afford a Tesla and his friendship with company owner Elon Musk, censorship of his compatriot. Republican Paul Gosar, Kamala Harris laugh, Abraham Lincoln. , and the best portraits of his office.
He finished the speech at 5:10 a.m. ET on Friday, after eight hours and 32 minutes. He broke the record for longest speech in the House, which was previously held by Nancy Pelosi. In 2018, Ms Pelosi spoke for eight hours and seven minutes on an immigration reform bill.
In a bizarre example during his speech, Mr McCarthy said that a Chinese general told his “friend in the Senate” that “you are weak, America, because you believe in God and you take fentanyl. “.
In another random moment, Mr McCarthy said, “I can’t even afford to try a Tesla, and Elon is one of my best friends.”
He also told the House about places and periods in history that he would have liked to witness personally. “I wish I could have been in Tiananmen Square and I wish I could have been there to tear down the Berlin Wall,” he said.
Around midnight, he added that he had received a booster shot and that he might have “a little headache now”.
By the third hour of his speech, as some Democrats were yelling and interrupting and even quitting, the representative said, “I’m getting ready.”
Another time, when a Democrat shouted ‘we’re leaving you, Kevin’, Mr McCarthy said ‘it’s okay, I’ll be there’.
“For how long?” shouted another Democrat.
At around six o’clock, Mr McCarthy said: “I don’t know if this speech is going to make a difference.” But that didn’t stop him, as he continued.
While most of the seats in the House were empty, Mr McCarthy said: “I don’t know if they think because they are gone I’m going to stop… I’m not.”
The speech was severely criticized by Democrats.
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called it “one of the worst and lowest quality speeches” she has ever heard. “This man will clearly not stop talking but has nothing to say,” she said.
President Nancy Pelosi made several statements to mock the speech. One statement was titled “Is Kevin McCarthy okay?” Another statement titled “McCarthy Needs Reality Check” called the speech a “temper tantrum” full of “wanton assertions.” It included a list of rebuttals to Mr. McCarthy.
“House Democrats are preparing to pass landmark legislation to cut costs, fight inflation and get big business and the wealthy to pay their fair share,” he added. declaration noted. “But McCarthy is welcome to continue to be wrong on the facts upstairs in the house.”
Democrat Adam Schiff said in a tweet: “If you took the world’s worst speaker, gave him the world’s worst speech and made him read it the longest in the world, it would be a bit like listening to Kevin. McCarthy tonight … Except, probably better.
While some Republicans seemed to enjoy the speech and pushed the representative to the ground, several others were confused as to his point of view.
A Republican who stayed late for the speech, Rep. Dan Newhouse, joked in The independent “I have no idea,” when asked what the point or purpose of Mr. McCarthy’s speech was.
But Republican Leader Greg Pence said he liked the speech. “It’s a historic moment for Kevin, for sure.”
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