The behavior we’ve seen out of Kentucky Senator and current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell surrounding this round of COVID-19 relief payments for Americans has been nothing short of appalling. Even Donald Trump himself, though I’m sure it’s born of self-serving motives, has repeatedly voiced his support for larger, $2000 direct payments to the American people as part of the government’s already lack-luster efforts to help ease some of the financial burdens we’ve been bearing in the midst of this seemingly never-ending pandemic disaster. However, as expected, cruel Mitch and his caucus wasted no time in swooping in and destroying the hopes of direct payments that would be high enough to actually even make a rent payment. And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wasted absolutely no time in making it crystal clear just exactly what she thinks about it.
During her weekly press conference, Pelosi brutally tore into the hopefully-soon-to-be-former Senate Majority Leader for his refusal to cooperate with the bill that would allow larger payments to the American people.
“Who is holding up that distribution to the American people? Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans,” Nancy blistered during her presser. “In blocking it, they are in denial of the hardship that the American people are experiencing now, healthwise, financially and every way. Their lives and livelihoods are on the brink.”
The House Speaker said that she is hopeful that Republican members of Congress will “see the light and understand the suffering that is going on in our country.”
“It’s amazing to see the patience that some people have with other people’s suffering,” she went on. “These Republicans in the Senate seem to have an endless tolerance for other people’s sadness.”
To say the very least, the House Speaker truly hit the nail on the head. At the end of the day, Mitch McConnell gets to go home to his big, fancy house with his big, fat salary, where a measly $600 is little more than pocket change to him. All while the constituents he’s supposed to be serving worry themselves sick over how they’re going to keep the lights and heat on or put the next meal on the table.
I do hope, with all my heart, that voters in Georgia bear that in mind as this runoff election comes to a head. Unseating Mitch McConnell from his position of undeserved power is the most important thing we will ever do.
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