A To Z: Jeffries Taunts GOP Before Handing Over Gavel

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 7: Incoming House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., makes remarks before handing the gavel to incoming Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., after McCarthy won the speakership on the 15th ballot on Saturday, January 7, 2023. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Minority Leader Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) used the election of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy as an ill-timed opportunity to attack Republicans prior to handing over the gavel.
  • Jeffries went through the entire alphabet, A to Z, taunting Republicans with all the ways he claims the Democratic Party is superior.
  • Rather than being gracious, Jeffries came across as petty in choosing that moment to attack the new Speaker and his party before turning over the gavel.

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