U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., doubled down on calling U.S. Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader, a “liar and traitor.”
Warren has been a vocal critic of Republican leadership, especially as members have criticized the ongoing investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building.
She first made her comments about McCarthy, a defender of former President Donald Trump despite new recordings of him calling for Trump’s resignation following the attack, when she appeared last weekend on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
On Sunday’s “Keller At Large” show on Boston’s WBZ-TV, the senior senator from Massachusetts reiterated her characterization of the California congressman and called for him to resign.
“I think that really betrays a nation and he’s a man who could be in line, if ever the Republicans regain control, to be Speaker of the House, to be in line himself to be President of the United States” , Warren said. show host Jon Keller.
“He has a higher standard to uphold and shame on him.”
McCarthy, in audio recordings unearthed by The New York Times, is heard after the Jan. 6 attack blaming Trump for the violence and vowing to push him to resign immediately. But he, like other GOP colleagues, later backtracked amid fears of a backlash from Trump loyalists who control the Republican Party.
“Their goal is to follow just one man,” Warren said in reference to Trump. “And if they can bring this man to power, that’s what they want to do.”
It’s no secret that President Joe Biden’s approval ratings since taking office leave much to be desired, even among his fellow Democrats. A new poll by The Washington Post and ABC News found that only 42% of those polled had a positive view of his job performance.
On Saturday night, the president even joked about his popularity, or lack thereof, at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington.
“I’m so thrilled to be here tonight with the only group of Americans whose approval rating is lower than mine,” Biden told the audience of more than 2,000 media personalities, politicians and Hollywood celebrities. .
Warren, who lost to Biden in his 2020 presidential campaign, told Keller she was preparing to run for Senate re-election and would not be making another bid for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. in 2024.
“Joe Biden is running for president in 2024 and I support him,” she said.
The Democrats’ path to victory, she said, focuses on the country’s economic problems. In a recent New York Times op-ed, Warren called on fellow Democrats to rally behind Biden’s stalled congressional agenda to avoid massive losses in November’s midterm elections.
In light of high inflation that has forced many Americans to make tough financial decisions, Warren said issues such as taxing the wealthy, imposing a minimum corporate tax and canceling Student loan debt are popular with the majority of Americans and should be embraced by her. to party.
“What we want to do is popular, but we have to do it,” she said.
Warren, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, also said she supports Biden’s response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine, but more can be done economically, politically and diplomatically, including by spending more on arms and humanitarian aid on top of the $14 billion. emergency aid allocated in March.
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