According to one Republican congresswoman, the Democrats’ attempt to use the events of Jan. 6, 2021, to garner support for the midterm elections isn’t working because Americans currently have significantly more important things to worry about under President Joe Biden’s leadership.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) made this argument during a recent appearance on Breitbart News’ Daily Podcast. There, she commented on the primetime hearing that the House Jan. 6 committee held on Thursday, noting the lack of viewership that the hearing received.
In Stefanik’s view, the reason why Americans aren’t tuning in, at least in part, is that they have more important concerns, the most notable of which would be the ongoing economic crisis.
“While there may be a lot of coverage in the Beltway [and] in Washington, D.C., among media elites, the American people don’t really care when they can’t afford their grocery bills, when they can’t afford to fill up their cars with gas because the price of gas has doubled, [and] when we potentially are facing food shortages,” Stefanik said.
Stefanik went on to argue that Americans would be much more interested in a different congressional hearing, namely, one on the economic crisis.
“As much as Democrats and the mainstream media may desperately try, I still think that the American people want to focus [on] … a primetime hearing on inflation,” Stefanik said. “They want a primetime hearing on, ‘Why are gas prices so high, and how do we lower them?'”
Stefanik added, “Democrats are never going to give them that. So this [the Jan. 6 hearing] is a distraction.”
It was just a day after the Jan. 6 committee’s primetime hearing, on Friday, that the Labor Department released its latest consumer price index report, which put inflation at a four-decade high. A day later, on Saturday, the national average for a gallon of gas reached $5.
Stefanik is right about this one. Americans have far more pressing concerns than Jan. 6, such as whether they are financially going to be able to make it through the Biden administration.