House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Sunday slammed the Republican Party, saying the GOP is “losing its way on all fronts” while pointing a finger at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSchumer tees up key Thursday vote on debt deal House approves bill to ease passage of debt limit hike Senate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale MORE (R-Ky.).
In an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Clyburn responded to remarks made by McConnell last week when the Kentucky Republican said that 100 percent of his focus is standing up “in opposition to what the new Biden administration is trying to do to this country.”
When asked by host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperNine African countries reporting omicron cases amid travel bans Here's who should (and should not) replace Chris Cuomo at CNN Senate Democrat says he will 'settle' for less aggressive gun control reform 'because that will save lives' MORE what those comments mean for bipartisanship in the Senate, Clyburn blamed McConnell for the current posture of the Republican Party.
“Mitch McConnell has some personal animus toward Democrats that ought not be. We are one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Let's operate like that. This Republican Party is losing its way on all fronts, and Mitch McConnell is contributing to that in a big way,” Clyburn said.
“This Republican Party is losing its way on all fronts and Mitch McConnell is contributing to that in a big way,” House Majority Whip James Clyburn reacts to Sen. McConnell stating that 100% of his focus is standing up to the Biden administration. #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/FHkUJzuy0m— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) May 9, 2021
Clyburn also said the Republican Party is “showing so much dishonor” amid the intraparty battle surrounding House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyJan. 6 panel threatens Meadows with contempt Meadows reverses, won't agree to Jan. 6 panel deposition We must learn from the Afghanistan experience — starting with the withdrawal MORE (Wyo.).
Multiple GOP lawmakers are calling for Cheney's ouster because of her stance against former President TrumpDonald TrumpSenate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Crenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' Senate confirms Biden's nominee to lead Customs and Border Protection MORE and want to elevate Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikRepublicans eye gains with female voters after Virginia rout Lawmakers remember Bob Dole: 'Bona fide American hero' GOP beginning to jockey for post-election leadership slots MORE (N.Y.) to the Republican leadership position instead.
“The Republican Party today is showing so much dishonor to the people who made it possible, the people who, down from Abraham Lincoln, kept this party alive on the basis of anti-slavery, which itself was a big lie, and now they're perpetuating it,” Clyburn said.
He added that the push to force out Cheney from her post is “the classic cancel culture.”
“Now, they talk a lot about cancel culture. This is the classic cancel culture. They are perpetrating that which they argue that they are against,” Clyburn said.