The White House has expressed dismay and concern with the ouster of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy from his position of power. In a statement released late Tuesday night, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said McCarthy’s removal was “shambolic behavior from House Republicans.”
The statement went on to say that McCarthy’s dismissal “reflects a disregard for the millions of Americans who suffered an economic downturn and pandemic-related tragedy during the past year.”
Moreover, the White House noted that they “stand in solidarity with Speaker McCarthy and all members of the House for their commitment to public service and for fighting for civil rights, economic justice, and a just and prosperous future for all Americans.”
It also condemned the House’s move as “a cynical political attack on the new Biden-Harris Administration.” Psaki went on to criticize the Republicans’ attempt to “undermine” the Biden-Harris Administration at the expense of the American people.
The White House also highlighted the fact that McCarthy has been a champion of bipartisanship, which has been a hallmark of the new administration.
The statement concluded by reiterating the White House’s commitment to “working together with members from both parties to rebuild a nation based on shared values.”
McCarthy’s removal could have serious implications as November’s elections draw closer and the 2020 census results are announced. It is unclear at the moment how the Republican party will proceed without McCarthy at the helm, but it is incumbent upon the Democrats to make sure that the White House’s commitment to bipartisanship remains strong. Time will tell if both sides can maintain the spirit of cooperation in the years to come.