U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) spoke with Joy Reid on MSNBC

Click the following image to watch Cicilline’s interview in full. Excerpts of Cicilline’s remarks are embedded below.

 

 


“It’s disgraceful. Kevin McCarthy is the leader of the Republican Party in the House, or at least he’s supposed to be. But he, Steve Scalise, and Elise Stefanik have said nothing to condemn, in any way, this horrific comparison that Marjorie Taylor Greene made between the Speaker following the public health guidance of the Attending Physician and the slaughter of six million Jews during the Holocaust. This is one more example of anti-Semitic comments from Marjorie Taylor Greene. Kevin McCarthy and the Republican leadership in the House seem to be fine with that. They haven’t criticized her in any way or suggests she should apologize, expel her from the Republican caucus, and it’s disgraceful. She is now the voice and the leader of the Republican Party in the House, and that’s just a fact.”

“That’s why the first bill we did was H.R. 1, to try to preserve our democracy. But Kevin McCarthy is in a fight to gain power and the truth be damned. They’ve now tried to rewrite history about January 6th. They refuse to support a bipartisan commission so the American people will know all of the circumstances surrounding it. They’re allowing anti-Semites and white supremacists to say and do things in their party because they see their path to power through these folks. You have to wonder what they’re going to do with that power. Look what they did when they had it in the last four years. They gave a big, gigantic tax cut to the richest people in this country and the biggest, most profitable corporations, at the expense of working people. I don’t think there’s any doubt what they’re going to do with this. They’re going to serve the special interests. They’re going to serve the interests of the former president – not the people of this country. Kevin McCarthy ought to call on Marjorie Taylor Greene to apologize, he ought to expel her from the Republican Caucus, and take a stand against this anti-Semitic horrific behavior of this person.”

“This is a party now being controlled by people like Marjorie Taylor Greene and the former president. That is not a party with a vision for the country. And it’s ultimately going to self-destruct. In the meantime, we’re going to keep fighting to respond to this pandemic, to respond to the economic devastation it caused, to show to the American people, there’s at least one political party that’s paying attention to the needs of the American people and offering real solutions. ”

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