Skip to content
Search AI Powered

Latest Stories

Jen Psaki Perfectly Shames McConnell After He Says '100% of His Focus' Is on Stopping Biden

Jen Psaki Perfectly Shames McConnell After He Says '100% of His Focus' Is on Stopping Biden
C-SPAN // Alex Wong/Getty Images

After partisan divisions deepened over the course of former President Donald Trump's time in the White House, President Joe Biden promised to begin restoring productivity in Congress in hopes of narrowing the ideological gaps between Americans on both sides of the aisle.

After Biden approved congressional processes like reconciliation to pass sweeping legislation despite Republican resistance, Republican lawmakers skewered him for supposedly breaking that promise of bipartisanship. The Biden administration has clarified that a bill's bipartisanship doesn't necessarily mean it has Republican support in Congress, but that it has support among Republican voters.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) himself signaled that the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats working with Republicans to restore productivity in Congress would be a futile effort.

When asked for his thoughts on the current division between Republicans in the House, McConnell responded:

"One-hundred percent of our focus is on stopping this new administration. We're confronted with severe challenges from a new administration, and a narrow majority of Democrats in the House and a 50-50 Senate to turn America into a socialist country, and that's 100 percent of my focus."

The Minority Leader went on to say that Republican Senators are completely united in this focus.

McConnell's refusal to work toward bipartisanship is nothing new. As the Senate Majority Leader, McConnell refused to consider then-President Barack Obama's judicial nominees, including a Supreme Court seat his leadership left vacant for a year, despite the Senate's constitutional mandate to consider Obama's nominee.

After Democrats retook the House in the 2018 midterms, McConnell embraced his status as "grim reaper" for the amount of House-approved legislation he let die on his desk.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about McConnell's stated objective of "stopping" the Biden administration, and she didn't mince words in her response.

Watch below.

Psaki said:

"Well, I guess the contrast for people to consider is 100 percent of our focus is on delivering relief to the American people and getting the pandemic under control and putting people back to work. And we welcome, support engagement and work with the Republicans on that. The President has extended an open arm to that. The door to the Oval Office is open."

Without a single Republican vote, congressional Democrats and the Biden administration passed the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill that preserved expanded unemployment benefits, delivered millions of stimulus checks, and allocated funds for small business like restaurants hard-hit by the health crisis.

Now, the administration is wrangling to pass a sweeping infrastructure bill that would increase corporate tax rates, expand broadband access, modernize decaying federal facilities and commercial buildings, and create jobs in the process.

While some Republicans have expressed a willingness to negotiate with the Biden administration, congressional Democrats may have to invoke reconciliation again to bring it past the finish line in the narrowly divided Senate.

Psaki's emphasis on helping the American people over McConnell's prioritization of "stopping" the current administration was met with praise from social media users.

Others reacted more forcefully to McConnell's comments.

It's possible that McConnell's comments have provided Biden and Senate Democrats receipts to show when Republicans inevitably accuse them of rejecting bipartisanship.

More from News/political-news

Screenshots of Kamala Harris and J.D. Vance

Kamala Harris Calls Out JD Vance For 'What He Didn't Say' During RNC Speech In Epic Takedown

In a fiery speech to supporters in North Carolina, Vice President Kamala Harris called out what J.D. Vance—former President Donald Trump's freshly selected running mate—"didn't say" in his speech accepting the VP nomination on Night 3 of the Republican National Convention.

Amid much talk about key conservative issues like immigration, the ongoing border crisis, and "law and order," he did not once mention what the GOP has explicitly laid out and is now attempting to distance itself from: Project 2025.

Keep ReadingShow less
Screenshot of Daniel Dale; Donald Trump
CNN; Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

CNN Fact-Checker Debunks Trump's RNC Speech Lies For 2 Minutes Straight—And Yeah, It's A Lot

CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale debunked lies former President Donald Trump told during his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, dedicating two minutes to picking apart Trump's many falsehoods.

Trump made numerous oddball remarks during his speech, particularly his reference that the world was "at peace" when he was in office until his political opponents "turned it into a planet of war," declaring that the planet is now "blowing up around us" due to Democratic policies.

Keep ReadingShow less
Screenshots of Donald Trump and Tiffany Trump

Trump Snubbed Daughter Tiffany As She Went In For A Kiss At The RNC—And People Are Team Tiffany

Social media users were sympathetic to Tiffany Trump after her father, former President Donald Trump, appeared to snub her as she went in for a kiss before his climactic speech accepting the GOP's presidential nomination.

Footage from early in the evening shows a smiling Tiffany walking up the stairs toward Trump, who clearly saw her. She then attempted to greet him with a kiss only to be ignored, as he looked out at the crowd beyond her, as she walked away looking dejected.

Keep ReadingShow less
Picture of Marjorie Taylor Greene seen on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart
The Daily Show

Jon Stewart Just Pointed Out The Weird Noise MTG Made During Her RNC Speech—And Now We Can't Unhear It

Jon Stewart had a lot to unpack on Tuesday's airing of The Daily Show, given a wild week that included the shocking assassination attempt on former Republican President Donald Trump as well as the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, which kicked off on Monday.

One specific highlight from the opening night of the RNC that Jon couldn't help but fixate on was far-right Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene making strange sounds while addressing delegates during her speech.

Keep ReadingShow less
Justin Long and wife Kate Bosworth
Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Smile Train

Justin Long Shares Wife Kate Bosworth's 'Really Romantic' Reaction To Him Pooping The Bed

Warning: soiler alert. Graphic bowel movement descriptions ahead.

Actor Justin Long had a romantic e-poo-phany about how much he loved his wife, actor Kate Bosworth, when he soiled the bed after suffering from food poisoning during a trip to Mexico.

Keep ReadingShow less