Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), in a surprisingly thin-skinned response, fired off an offended letter Friday to President Joe Biden, warning him that he received’t deal once more on the debt ceiling due to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s “childish” “tantrum” that “poisoned the well.”
But that evening, Schumer railed in opposition to his Republican colleagues within the Senate for his or her “dangerous and risky partisan game” and praised fellow Democrats for pulling “our country back from the cliff’s edge that Republicans tried to push us over.”
McConnell emphasised to Biden in his letter that Republicans “filled the leadership vacuum that has troubled the Senate since January …. I will not provide such assistance again if your all-Democratic government drifts into another avoidable crisis.”
He accused Schumer of dithering for thus lengthy that he “marched the nation to the doorstep of disaster” on the debt ceiling deadlock. McConnell appeared to neglect the debt was cranked up by former President Donald Trump’s profligate federal spending and large company tax cuts.
Then, Thursday evening, “in a bizarre spectacle, Senator Schumer exploded in a rant that was so partisan, angry and corrosive that even Democratic senators were visibly embarrassed by him and for him,” McConnell complained.
In truth, at one level whereas the New York Democrat was speaking, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) may be seen sitting behind him together with his head in his fingers.
The Hill reported that Manchin, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Republican Whip Sen. John Thune of South Dakota all talked to Schumer afterward. Thune advised reporters later: “I let him have it,” in response to The Hill.
This “tantrum encapsulated and escalated a pattern of angry incompetence from Senator Schumer,” McConnell complained.
McConnell warned that Schumer’s “childish behavior only further alienated the Republican members who helped facilitate this short-term patch. It has poisoned the well even further.”
In gentle of Schumer’s “hysterics … I will not be a party to any future effort to mitigate the consequences of future Democratic mismanagement,” McConnell concluded.
Critics famous that McConnell ought to be used to mood tantrums, given the abuse directed towards him by the previous president. In one notable episode, Trump “spewed expletives” at McConnell after he congratulated Biden over profitable the presidency, in response to Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of their new guide, “Peril.”