By Robert RomanoRobert RomanoThe Hill’s top political correspondent and former Wall Street Journal reporterRobert RomanaoRomeo editor: We are at a turning point in American politicsThe Washington Post’s Robert Costa and Robert Costa contributed to this report.
Read moreOn Friday, Republicans in the House of Representatives, including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, took a hard line against the Democrats, who they said are out to destroy the nation.
“Today, the Democrats have announced their plan to repeal Obamacare and take away health insurance from the American people,” McCarthy said.
“This is just the latest in a long list of lies that Democrats have told to undermine the very health of our country.
The Republican Party will not stand for this.”
Democrats responded to McCarthy’s statement by saying that it is “premature to speculate about the Democrats’ intentions,” according to Politico.
The Democrats’ strategy is not only to sabotage Trump, they said, but also the president.
“There are some who think that this is a great idea, that it’s a great way to destroy President Trump and that the House is going to do it for him,” Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) told Politico.
“I’m not saying that,” Rep the former congressman said.
He also added that the Republicans’ attack is “outrageous.”
“The Democrats want to destroy him, they want to take his job away, they’re going to put him in the Oval Office.
This is outrageous,” he said.”
We have a president who is leading the most transparent administration in modern history, who has had his communications in full disclosure, who is taking care of people’s safety.
They’re trying to destroy that.
We’re here to stand up to them.”
Democrats have been in the minority for the past five years and are now looking to take back the House.
In the House, the House Majority Whip, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R.-Calif.), said that he believes the House GOP has “taken control of the House and its agenda.”
“With our party at its strongest in more than a year, we will continue to be at the forefront of the resistance to the Republicans in Congress,” McCarthy tweeted Friday.
“In this fight, we need you, our members and our constituents.”
Rep. Tim Ryan (R., Ohio) called McCarthy’s comments “an attempt to score political points and an attempt to discredit the opposition.”
“I think this is an attempt at a personal attack against the President,” Ryan said.
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D., Ariz.), who is also the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told Politico that he supports the House Republicans.
“Our party is the strongest opposition to this Republican attack on the American way of life,” Grijallava said.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (Wis.), who has said he believes Republicans are trying to “shut down” the government, called McCarthy “out of touch” in a statement.
“House Republicans are fighting to keep the country from collapsing and we must fight for our country and our people,” Ryan tweeted.
“They will be disappointed that the President has decided to strike a deal with the Democrats.
They should not be surprised that he has been so out of touch. “