A New Jersey Democrat lawmaker whose county is known for producing most of the country’s Lysol disinfectant was caught on video “jokingly” fantasizing about withholding Lysol from the residents of Kentucky.
Why the residents of Kentucky? So that he, former Obama State Department official and current New Jersey Rep. Tom Malinowski, can stick it to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and force the Kentucky senator to pass one of his Democrat colleague’s bills.
“Fun fact about Somerset County [New Jersey]: We make 100 percent of the national supply of Lysol disinfectant,” Malinowski was caught saying in a video conference recording that was obtained by the National Republican Congressional Committee.
“I’ve thought about using with Mitch McConnell, like, ‘Hey, we’re going to hold up the Lysol for Kentucky until you pass her bill.’ I see some thumbs up, but that’s a fantasy that I don’t think, it’s not going to work that way.”
Was that supposed to be funny?
THIS. IS. DISGUSTING.
While Americans are putting their political differences aside to work together, @Malinowski admitted he’s fantasized about withholding coronavirus-killing disinfectants from Kentuckians to stick it to @senatemajldr. #NJ07 pic.twitter.com/X7sm5IJukA
— NRCC (@NRCC) April 9, 2020
It’s not clear whom he’d meant with he spoke of passing “her bill.”
It’s also not clear when the video was recorded. The NRCC unveiled it on Twitter at 6:35 PM EST Thursday afternoon, a few hours after Malinowski’s Democrat colleagues in the Senate blocked a GOP bill that would have provided small businesses with an additional $250 in federal loans.
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., proposed legislation that would boost the popular Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) by $250 billion in addition to the $349 billion Congress approved last month as part of the $2.2 trillion pandemic response known as the CARES Act,” USA Today reported.
“McConnell said the money was needed to keep afloat a program that has processed more than $100 billion in loans to nearly 400,000 businesses in less than a week, according to the Small Business Administration.”
Following the failed vote, Malinowski predictably attributed his “no” vote to President Donald Trump’s recent actions, namely his recent termination of former intelligence community inspector general Michael Atkinson:
We will replenish the small business program. But demanding this kind of money while firing inspectors general and refusing any and all oversight is not going to cut it. https://t.co/vB4kxQOHzM
— Tom Malinowski (@Malinowski) April 9, 2020
However, social media users weren’t convinced by his excuse.
Tom you were caught red-handed trying to sneak vote-by-mail and same day voter registration into the last relief bill.
— WK (@wking333) April 9, 2020
Man there was a lot of pork in the last bill.. oh what was that about oversight?
— ALLEN (@ALLENinNJ) April 10, 2020
Hey loser why don’t we stop your paycheck and any funding you criminals are taking for your business’s then we will see how much you care about an inspector general that changes not only the rules but also the forms to fit his sick TDS views
— Stephen Dembowski (@TheDudeStevieD) April 10, 2020
Perhaps you should do some investigating into why the Kennedy center got an obscene amount of our money only to fire their employees.
— Irish Shell (@shellymarmie) April 10, 2020
Well, gee, aren’t you the little quid pro quo twit. “Do stuff my way” or Americans won’t get any help?
— ⭐️SumatraSue⭐️ (@SumatraSue) April 10, 2020
He can fire whoever he needs to fire, doofus! If you don’t know that you’re in the wrong damn job!
— Zenith (@zenith5478) April 10, 2020
Of the mounting criticism, the key one concerned “pork.”
As noted by a couple critics, Malinowski joined his Democrat colleagues in the House last month in trying to hijack the original emergency coronavirus spending bill (i.e., the CARES Act) with a whole host of unrelated matter, including provisions concerning voting.
In fact, the New Jersey lawmaker was prominently featured in a late March report from The Washington Post titled, “Democrats see coronavirus stimulus as last, best chance for vote-by-mail push.”
And there it was …
So besides rooting for the residents of Kentucky to be denied access to much-needed Lysol disinfectant, Malinowski also has a history of trying to muddy up emergency coronavirus spending bills with unrelated nonsense.
What a guy …
All this comes amid a nationwide shortage in disinfectants.
“As the coronavirus locks down more of the country, shelf after shelf of Lysol sprays and Clorox wipes has been picked clean by shoppers preparing for the possibility that they could be quarantined for weeks or months,” USA Today reported Thursday.
The evidence can be seen everywhere:
Empty shelves of disinfectants, cleaning supplies and toilet papers at my local Walmart. pic.twitter.com/0JP7sTKP1o
— Rafi (@Rafi_AAA) March 8, 2020
This AM people exited store with carts loaded with bleach. We needed just one & fortunately got one of the last. Shelves empty of paper towels, TP, disinfectants & other cleaners, canned vegetables & frozen vegetables nearly gone. This is how we end up in a crisis! #hoarding pic.twitter.com/sVVnRSI7Bb
— Misty Woo Engle (@MistyWooEngle) March 15, 2020
Panic buying has become a huge issue in the past few weeks. There are empty shelves where toilet tissue, hand sanitizer, and disinfectants used to sit. Have you wondered what causes panic buying? This article might give you some answers:https://t.co/PVKxBnoKxU #tennessee pic.twitter.com/W7xHpbA0aL
— Healthy Tennessee (@MyHealthyTN) April 8, 2020
The good news is that anyone, including the residents of Kentucky, can create their own lightweight disinfectant using the right materials.
The bad news meanwhile is that there’s not much that can be done to help Malinowski stop being such a “sick,” “disgusting” person …
Sick scumbag 😡
— Deplorable Bear (@DeploraBear) April 9, 2020
Kentuckians are dying, but that’s not stopping Tom @Malinowski from playing political games and making sick jokes about denying them coronavirus-killing products. Disgusting. #NJ07https://t.co/FBaWtFeuVv
— NRCC (@NRCC) April 9, 2020
@Malinowski Just listened to your comments regarding your fantasy to withhold Lysol from KY residents to blackmail M. McConnell to get what the Dems want. Just when I think Democrats can’t get more disgusting, you helped prove me wrong.
— MLS (@VAMOM2) April 10, 2020
You’re all about partisanism or you wouldn’t be wishing we could withhold Corona virus help from Kentuckians. You’re disgusting! Democrats are always about being partisan! You’re supposed to be representing all of your constitutents! You shouldn’t even call yourself an American!
— Deanna (@desertrat10) April 10, 2020
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