Republicans often claim their party has the upper hand with voters when it comes to fiscal responsibility. When a Democrat is in office, one of the chief complaints you can count on from Republican lawmakers is that the President is ballooning the deficit, or sending the federal debt skyward.
This hasn't quite been the case when it's a Republican President occupying the White House.
For instance, few Republicans are willing to talk about how President Donald Trump is on track to grow the deficit by 74% since he took office, surpassing $1 trillion. Few discuss how he's added nearly $3 trillion to the national debt.
Trump's own Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, recently admitted this hypocrisy in a speech covered by the Washington Post.
"My party is very interested in deficits when there is a Democrat in the White House. The worst thing in the whole world is deficits when Barack Obama was the president. Then Donald Trump became president, and we're a lot less interested as a party."
People seized upon Mulvaney's comments.
Let’s be clear: addressing inequality and climate change is going to take a lot of public $ AND create massive job,… https://t.co/ols2sCQNut— Heather C. McGhee (@Heather C. McGhee)1582208115.0
In speech, Mulvaney admits what everyone has always known about Republicans. They are all greedy, racist full of sh… https://t.co/hNW3nHGP9n— Giggy Vanderpump (@Giggy Vanderpump)1582210434.0
Shhh, Mick, you said the quiet part out loud. What does the @GOP even stand for? https://t.co/DEpMcrR001— Move it baseball head (@Move it baseball head)1582214533.0
When they start saying the quiet parts out loud. Remember this next time there's a Democrat as a president and ever… https://t.co/frD8jtHGs3— Jarred Hicks, MD (@Jarred Hicks, MD)1582210886.0
Mulvaney’s speech is so damningly honest it’s a good reminder if he’s just a couple years removed from being a back… https://t.co/2CwnDWyyzo— Joshua Karp (@Joshua Karp)1582206894.0
They just don't care how publicly corrupt they are anymore. If you support the GOP, you don't get to call yourself… https://t.co/hEmZisDODZ— Gary Pahl (@Gary Pahl)1582206784.0
Sure, you can say we always knew that, but when did you last hear the budget director say it? This should the ONLY… https://t.co/LUCX2840kF— Riggsveda (@Riggsveda)1582207053.0
In addition to pointing out his party's hypocrisy, Mulvaney dismissed the threat imposed by climate change.
When asked why the United States wasn't using more of its resources to curtail the growing threat, Mulvaney said:
"We take the position in my party that asking people to change their lifestyle dramatically, including by paying more taxes, is simply not something we are interested in doing."
It appears Mulvaney's speech was a night of rare brutal honesty from this administration.