It seems President Biden is bracing for a Republican victory in the midterms, telling Jimmy Kimmel he’s trying to work with the “majority” leader Mitch McConnell on gun legislation.
McConnell, however, remains the Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate.
“This is not your father’s Republican party, this is a MAGA party,” Biden said to Kimmel on his show that followed the Celtics game. He added he “gets in trouble” for saying he’s “always had a straight relationship with the majorit…, Republican, leader Mitch McConnell.”
Biden appeared to catch his error mid-sentence not fully enunciating “majority” and quickly substituting “Republican” as a fall back. He added: “I disagree with a lot (McConnell) says … but when he says something he means it.”
McConnell, according to The Hill, has designated Texas Sen. John Cornyn to take the Republican lead in the gun talks.
Biden talked about gun control, Roe vs. Wade, the younger generation being the most accepting in history, the “sensationalized” press driven by clicks and a GOP party that has “moved hard right.”
Kimmel broke for commercials often, but not before Biden had an opportunity to talk about he families from Uvalde, Texas, he met with after the murder of 19 children and two teachers.
“You’ve got to make sure this becomes a voting issue,” Biden said of stalled gun legislation.
Biden’s appearached Wednesday on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” was his first network sit-down interview in 118 days.
He did say he’s “never been more optimistic,” explaining youngsters today are the “best educated, least prejudiced, most giving generation in American history.” He added: “This generation is going to change everything. We just have to make sure we don’t give up.”
Biden is visiting LA for today’s Summit of the Americas.
In its coverage of Biden’s appearance on the Kimmel show, the Associated Press did not report on the president slip and quick correction of McConnell’s status in the Senate.
As for the midterms, the five-seat majority in the U.S. House is at risk, pundits say.
In the U.S. Senate, VP Kamala Harris remains the 50-50 tiebreaker and it’s too early to tell if that will change.