In a new memo that began circulating on Thursday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee writes that House Republicans have “lied about (Covid’s) impact,” “dangerously rejected medical guidance to wear masks and social distance,” and “encouraged Americans to consume horse and cattle dewormer in lieu of the proven COVID-19 vaccine,” according to a copy of the memo obtained by CNN.
By contrast, “Biden and House Democrats have rushed to get Americans back to work and crush the COVID-19 virus and rebuild our economy with the American Rescue Plan,” the memo continues. “We’ve added 4.5 million new jobs since January 2021, returning the nation’s economy to pre-pandemic levels and put more than 374 million shots in arms. But House Republicans are threatening our economic progress by doubling down on their deadly lies.”
In a statement to CNN, DCCC Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney of New York echoed a similar sentiment, blaming “Republicans’ recklessness” for fueling the spike in coronavirus cases and uptick in hospitalizations.
“From day one of this pandemic, Republicans have rejected reality and embraced political extremism by lying about the effectiveness of vaccines, mask wearing and social distancing,” Maloney said. “Even as school children fill up ICU beds across the country, they’ve taken to social media and conservative media outlets to whip up dangerous conspiracies, including peddling horse dewormer as a COVID treatment.”
Meanwhile, House Democrats are back in their districts for the recess break and have been encouraged to sell the public on Biden’s economic agenda — including the coronavirus aid package and other benefits that have already been passed.
House Republicans, however, are betting that there will be backlash to mask and vaccine mandates, and are hoping to use the fears and frustrations of Americans worried about another round of school closures and lockdowns as cudgels against their Democratic opponents in the battle for the House.
“Democrats ran an entire campaign dishonestly promising that they alone could fix a once-in-a-generation pandemic. Now that they’ve completely failed and their poll numbers are tanking, they are desperate to shift blame,” Michael McAdams, National Republican Congressional Committee communications director, said in a statement. “Voters aren’t going to buy their excuses for a second.”
But Democrats are warning that putting Republicans back in power would have disastrous consequences for public health.
“House Republicans’ Extremist Ringleaders Kevin McCarthy and Tom Emmer have a moronic proposal for the American people; hand them control of Congress next November and usher in their clan of dangerous extremists,” the DCCC memo states. “The American people simply can’t afford to give extremist House Republicans control of Congress.”