Republican Sen. John Kennedy absolutely berated President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill during a Fox News interview on Thursday morning – saying believing the bill is about the coronavirus is like thinking “the stripper really likes you.”
Fox News Host Brian Kilmeade asked Kennedy about the bill, which White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki celebrated this week as a major win – calling it the “most progressive bill in American history.”
“President Biden says it’s a coronavirus bill and my response is, ‘Right, you know, and the stripper really likes you,’” Kennedy said.
“I said the other day that calling this a coronavirus bill is like calling Harvey Weinstein a feminist. It’s just chock-full of spending porn. There are parts of it I like. I like trying to help people who are unemployed, and I like trying to help our small business people, especially our restaurants.”
“But I don’t understand why we have to give bucket-loads of money to prisoners. Why do they need help?” he continued.
“I don’t understand why we have to give money to people who are in our country illegally. I don’t understand why we have to give money to states whose revenues have gone up. I don’t understand why we have to give $130 billion to schools that refuse to open. I don’t know why we have to pay reparations — this bill has a reparations provision — and if you add up all the coronavirus spending, and then all the spending porn, there’s no comparison.”
“And to me, using a coronavirus bill to effectuate spending porn, is like looting after a natural disaster and that’s why I voted against it,” he concluded.
“We tried with President Biden, he said, ‘Look, ‘I’ll meet you half way,’ we said, ‘OK.’ Well, and then he just ignored us.”
Biden signed the $1.9 trillion package into law in the Oval Office Thursday.
The president read a brief statement to reporters from a card of talking points to promote the bill.
“This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country,” Biden said, adding the bill would give the working and middle classes a “fighting chance.”
Biden signed the bill, thumped the pen on the desk, and said, “Got it,” before standing up with Vice President Kamala Harris to leave the room.
Biden said the bill was widely supported by both parties and independents, even though Republicans did not vote for it. The partisan bill was passed by a simple majority of Democrats in the Senate, using budget reconciliation to dodge a Republican filibuster.
Biden also boasted on Saturday that Sen. Bernie Sanders said the bill is “the most progressive bill he’s ever seen passed since he’s been here.”
“The compromises were all compromises that didn’t affect the substance and the essence of what the bill is,” he said.
On Friday, Biden plans to celebrate the passage of the bill with Democrats at the White House.
The White House has scheduled several trips next week across the country for Biden and Harris, as well as their spouses, to promote the bill
He refused to answer questions from reporters who shouted questions as he departed.