The Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi of California, put credit where it was due when asked about the lack of gun control legislation passed through Congress.
When a reporter asked Pelosi if she had regrets about not calling the House back from recess early to tackle gun control in the wake of more mass shootings and acts of White nationalist domestic terrorism she put the reporter in her place reminding her that the House has in fact passed gun control legislation and that her question was better asked of Senate Majority Leader McConnell.
"Members [of Congress] had events all over the country [during the recess] to ask [the Senate] to bring up the bill. Don’t ask me what we haven’t done. We have done it."
"And if you are annoyed with my impatience, it’s because people are dying because Sen. McConnell hasn’t acted. Why don’t you go ask him if he has any regrets for all the people who died because he hasn’t?"
Watch Pelosi's remarks here:
House Dems advance lifesaving gun control bills. Mitch McConnell refuses to act. The press should go hound him in… https://t.co/dvLAQoYnLj— Minh Ngo (@Minh Ngo) 1568209969.0
McConnell, of course, has claimed his failure to bring any legislation forward was not due to obstruction, as he has often bragged of in the past with President Barack Obama, but rather because he intends only to advance legislation that President Donald Trump will sign.
However, the Constitution is not designed to have the executive branch pre-approve legislation.
@frankthorp @costareports "all of this" being one domestic terrorist attack after another.— Jay Robertson (@Jay Robertson) 1568141619.0
@frankthorp @costareports Moscow Mitch is: "...a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And t… https://t.co/gst68l3OLx— Louis R. Bridgeman (@Louis R. Bridgeman) 1568141776.0
Under the US Constitution, the legislative branch creates legislation as they decide it is needed regardless of presidential approval. If the President refuses to sign it—vetoes it, Congress can override his veto.
McConnell's model of the Senate as a body which only considers or approves bills given the green light by Trump effectively puts Trump in charge of all legislation. McConnell's model destroys the checks and balances set forth in the Constitution between the legislative and executive branches.
This isn't how our founders intended a co-equal branch of government to work. https://t.co/aZ3kB8Tx36— Amy McGrath (@Amy McGrath) 1568156460.0
@minhtngo @BagabonesF https://t.co/fDiW11xsRX— CindyB (@CindyB) 1568212049.0
With McConnell's obstruction of all court nominees by President Obama and his push to get all of Trump's picks approved, some would say McConnell also worked to destroy the balance with the judicial branch as well. The Kentucky Republican boasted of his ability to obstruct anything President Obama proposed, most famously the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland.
People agreed with Pelosi's assessment of why the lack of effective gun control legislation rested solely with McConnell.
@minhtngo @FireGoddessB Good for her! She is absolutely right, shove a mic in front of @senatemajldr all day, every… https://t.co/LmmVpBOFkF— Tiff (@Tiff) 1568210781.0
@TiffanyBarbera9 @minhtngo @FireGoddessB @senatemajldr And if he's out enjoying a meal, ask him to his face! Do n… https://t.co/u7lgAfbOe3— ✌️☮️70𝙯𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙☮️✌️ (@✌️☮️70𝙯𝘾𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙☮️✌️) 1568212157.0
@minhtngo #MoscowMassacureMitch #TraitorTrump #LeningradLindsey https://t.co/si3yphHzTA— Little Red (@Little Red) 1568216697.0
@minhtngo Nancy’s 💯correct these reporters are a pain in the ass asking all of these ridiculous dumb questions that… https://t.co/HLARi7Wwml— Berman Patterson (@Berman Patterson) 1568211693.0
@minhtngo #MoscowMitchMassacre #BRINGTHEVOTE #MoscowMitchMassacre #BRINGTHEVOTE #MoscowMitchMassacre #BRINGTHEVOTE… https://t.co/R2ZxizIXYS— 🆘️🐱devin nunes cat🐱🆘️ (@🆘️🐱devin nunes cat🐱🆘️) 1568221995.0
@minhtngo @gaacd7 Don’t keep blaming Pelosi. She’s done what she had to do and waiting. Go and ask #MassacreMitch w… https://t.co/tTXKnU4lwm— birdybirdy (@birdybirdy) 1568214037.0
@minhtngo IT'S TIME WE DEMAND THAT #MoscowMitch and YOUR SENATORS pass legislation that's sitting on #MoscowMitch's… https://t.co/lRzATlmSvn— Chris P Bacon, Ph.D. (@Chris P Bacon, Ph.D.) 1568224353.0
Trump and McConnell's ties to the National Rifle Association were also a bone of contention with many. In 2018, financial disclosures put NRA donations to McConnell's coffers at $1,261,874.
The top 75 recipients of NRA funds were all members of the GOP. The first Democrat on the list received only $49,496 compared to the millions given to Republicans.
The fact the GOP controls the Senate and refused to pass gun control was not lost on the public.
@minhtngo #NRAsBitchMcConnell #MoscowMitch— michael rau (@michael rau) 1568225019.0
@minhtngo Oh look...the NRA HAS a survey for you to fill out! https://t.co/hqdT0fpb0N— IMPEACH-INDICT-IMPRISON TRUMP (@IMPEACH-INDICT-IMPRISON TRUMP) 1568228252.0
@minhtngo #MitchMassacre #GunControlNow #ResistersForum #MoscowMitch Hey .@senatemajldr do your job, pass common s… https://t.co/X9V99Grhw8— Vicki with an eye (@Vicki with an eye) 1568211244.0
I’m running to replace Mitch McConnell in the U.S. Senate. Everything that’s wrong with Washington had to start som… https://t.co/DrG0lFAq74— Amy McGrath (@Amy McGrath) 1562669428.0
According to her website, McGrath's campaign slogan is:
"ANTI-CORRUPTION. ANTI-OBSTRUCTION. ANTI-B.S."
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