Former fighter pilot and Democrat Amy McGrath is preparing to take on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in November and is criticizing his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the meantime.
Co-host of ABC’s “The View” Joy Behar told McGrath Kentucky is in “very bad shape” and suggested McConnell laughed when he was asked if the proposal for the next coronavirus relief package would be ready by next week.
She asked McGrath, “What’s so funny about that?”
“It’s terrible and, you know, this is a pattern with Senator McConnell. He legislates by emergency,” McGrath said.
She added, “If you think about his response to coronavirus from the very, very beginning it’s been pathetic.”
Check out her comments below:
.@AmyMcGrathKY criticizes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s handling of the pandemic, saying that he “legislates by emergency”: “If you think about his response to coronavirus from the very, very beginning it’s been pathetic.” https://t.co/gNm4Fr1OPl pic.twitter.com/FnVBazbzXZ— The View (@TheView) July 24, 2020
McGrath claimed the first time McConnell warned Americans about the coronavirus was not until the stock market crashed.
She argued McConnell “allowed” the Trump administration to send mixed messages about the pandemic and to play the threat of the spread down.
McGrath said McConnell sought to cut funding for the “pandemic portion” of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) even before the coronavirus reached the United States.
In regards to the coronavirus relief bills, McGrath said McConnell allegedly championed $500 billion slush funds for corporations without holding them accountable.
According to McGrath, McConnell suggested state and local governments may want to consider bankruptcy.
She slammed McConnell for failing to provide a proposal for the next coronavirus relief package in time.
“Currently with this current bill, you know, he’s had all this time to work on this. We knew it was going to be a problem back in April, May, June, and he just had no urgency,” McGrath said.
She continued, “And now all of a sudden, you know, we’ve got all of these benefits ending and people are really hurting…it’s pathetic.”