Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington o( J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/ AP PHOTO)
UPDATED 11:22 AM PT – Wednesday, November 3, 2021
The gloves came off when House GOP leaders held a live stakeout during a key Election Day. The press conference kicked off Tuesday with the chair of the House republican conference, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), citing Joe Biden’s unpopularity in a recent NBC poll.
“We’re just nine months into Joe Biden’s Presidency and 71 percent of Americans say this country is headed into the wrong direction,” she stated. “In Joe Biden and House Democrats’ America, it’s crisis after crisis and American people are taking notice.”
The third-ranking House Republican named multiple subjects in which those polled largely favored Republicans over Democrats. The majority of those polled trusted Republicans in key issues such as border security, inflation and national security. Based on the poll numbers, Stefanik took a jab at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) by calling her a lame duck speaker.
Eventually, Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) took the stage to highlight how rapidly Americans are bearing the brunt of Biden’s bad decisions. Scalise pointed out the hypocrisy of Biden’s COP26 visit and how out of touch his administration is with the American people.
“…Jet off to Europe in planes that are fueled by jet fuel, which is fossil fuels, to try to tell other people around the world that we shouldn’t use fossil fuels,” he noted. “And then ironically, the two biggest emitters, China [and] Russia, are exempt. They’re not even going to be participating in this folly in Europe.”
President Joe Biden listens to a question during a news conference at the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Scalise also called Biden’s vaccine mandates nonsensical for thinning out already strained industries. The minority whip even inferred the mandates were a strategy to defund the police.
“You’re seeing police officers get fired and don’t make any mistake about it, this is part of their defunding the police strategy,” he stated. “When you look at some of the states where they know they want to defund the police, but they also know the public is against defunding the police, they know that if they put a vaccine mandate in place about 20 percent of the police officers and firefighters will ultimately get fired.”