Democratic Whip Catherine Clark of Massachusetts recalled one of her children “waking up with nightmares” on Sunday because of concerns about climate change.
Clark made the comments when NBC News anchor Chuck Todd asked what he and the House Democratic leader had to say. Judge Jeffries Prior to the leadership, Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer aimed to take a different tack.
Clark, 59, said his “generation” could bring a new perspective to Congress because his own children grew up suffering from the threats of climate change and gun violence.
“One of the biggest changes is that we will be in the minority, but our commitment to the people of this country, to workers, to women, to the climate will continue.” Clark said.Â
“And I’ll tell you what it means to me to come in as a different generation,” he said. “I remember my middle child waking up with nightmares, worrying about climate change. “I was in the cinema with my family, and when the movie stopped, my children immediately felt that there was a shooting in the theater with us.”
“That’s the kind of experience we want to bring as we continue to strive to meet this difficult moment for the American people with progress,” he added.
Video of Clarke’s comment was mocked on Twitter GOP consultant Michael Duncan tweets“If anyone had told me that, CPS would have been a snitch,” referring to child protective services.
Stephen Miller, a former senior Trump White House adviser, responded to the tweet: “The only way this could happen to a child is if the parents did it.
Jeffries (D-N.Y.) is minority leader, Clark is minority whip and Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., is caucus chairman after Pelosi, Hoyer and Majority Whip James Clyburn announced they would take over. was elected. .
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, the Republican nominee for House speaker last month, hopes to win when the entire chamber votes in January. He can’t lose more than four Republican votes, and at least five Republicans have said they won’t support him for speaker.