In an appearance on Fox News' Hannity, Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy proposed that former Vice President Joe Biden should suspend his 2020 presidential campaign during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
"Joe Biden should actually make a pledge not to campaign while impeachment is on, if he believes in fairness and that Nancy Pelosi didn't do this for him."
Rep. McCarthy claims Speaker Pelosi withheld impeachment articles to hurt Bernie Sanders & help Joe Biden: "The on… https://t.co/EoChdMCq9f— Chloe Salsameda (@Chloe Salsameda)1579024677.0
He later echoed the call on Twitter.
Perhaps Joe Biden should pledge to not campaign while his fellow Democrat candidates like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth… https://t.co/coNXOFnFp2— Kevin McCarthy (@Kevin McCarthy)1579052060.0
The impeachment of Trump benefits Biden because his opponents who are Senators might be busy with the Senate trial. The fact that Biden faces several opponents who are not sitting Senators seems to have escaped the California Republican's grasp of the situation.
And while the Fox News faithful may agree with McCarthy, others had another suggestion for who should suspend their campaign.
@GeoffRBennett I'm asking the Treasury to suspend my taxes until @stevenmnuchin1 releases a comprehensive report of… https://t.co/pcoIgu0i1y— Rising Blue Tides 🌀 (@Rising Blue Tides 🌀)1579029500.0
With this logic, McCarthy should be calling for Trump to suspend his campaign. The one who is literally the impeach… https://t.co/kzM7EgOgYw— Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan Omar)1579030077.0
Kevin McCarthy in 2016: “There's two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.” I call on Trump to suspend… https://t.co/QC81TffrhT— Ahmed Baba (@Ahmed Baba)1579038659.0
@neal_katyal @pixburghgrrl Kevin McCarthy can stuff it where the sun doesn't shine..Trump is the one who should sus… https://t.co/oitQ0nMU8S— (((Judy#NotMyPrez))) (@(((Judy#NotMyPrez))))1579044795.0
@GeoffRBennett We already know that Kevin McCarthy isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. Democratic Senators can do… https://t.co/FlsbSHHic9— 💫Patsy💥Dryden ☘️🌊🦋🙏🏻🌺 (@💫Patsy💥Dryden ☘️🌊🦋🙏🏻🌺)1579019256.0
Dear @GOPLeader 1) Your title is "Minority Leader", not "gop leader", you insecure, snowflake dolt; and 2) If y… https://t.co/FDZpC2Kmbo— Howard (@Howard)1579042301.0
Why in the world would anyone suspend their campaign? #PutinsPuppet wouldn't do it. Kevin MCCarthy must be drunk… https://t.co/0834NCso2S— goddess007 (@goddess007)1579041972.0
And some had yet another suggestion: vote McCarthy out in 2020.
Donald Trump should suspend his re-election campaign while the trial is going on in the Senate. As per… https://t.co/VAVAggXnjO— Adopt a Democrat (@Adopt a Democrat)1579031863.0
Neither Biden nor Trump have commented on recommendations that they suspend their presidential campaigns while Trump goes on trial in the Senate.
And while McCarthy is concerned about the presidential election, the Senate's actions may affect the reelection chances of the 18 Republican Senators facing challengers in 2020.
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