Posted 70 days ago
Conservatives panned the first floor speech from Democratic Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N. Y., who delivered what some called "partisan" and "rambling" remarks early Satruday morning after the House elected Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to be the next speaker.
On the other side, progressives lauded Jeffries' address, which honored Speaker emerita Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., touted Democratic legislation like the Inflation Reduction Act, which passed on a party-line vote, and took shots at former Republican President Donald Trump.
"We will never compromise on our principles," Jeffries said, before launching into an A through Z rundown of what Democrats support in contrast to what the left accuses Republicans of standing for. The election-denying Democrat said his party believes in "maturity over Mar-a-Lago" and "quality of life over QAnon," digging at Trump and elements of the far-right.
Jeffries' speech went on for nearly a quarter of an hour. He was intermittently interrupted by House Republicans, who jeered and booed at the most partisan lines in his speech and called on him to hurry up.
Liberals gave effusive praise for Jeffries' rallying cry against "autocracy," "bigotry," "fascism" and "voter suppression."
"The Honorable Hakeem Jeffries of New York just gave the best opening speech I’ve ever heard for a session of Congress in my lifetime. Possibly the best in history from a minority leader of a party," tweeted Democrat Gary Chambers, who ran for Senate in Louisiana and lost to Republican Sen. John Kennedy.
"If you are up, please turn on your tv (@MSNBC) and listen to the leader of the Dem caucus, Hakeem Jeffries. He is delivering an amazing speech right now. He is not using a prompter," said MSNBC contributor Symone D. Sanders-Townsend, former senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris.... (Read more)