Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) said that Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) GOP primary defeat in Wyoming shows that congressional seats do not belong to politicians but the American people.
Appearing on “Meet the Press” Sunday, Barr said Cheney’s blowout loss to Trump-backed challenger Harriet Hageman last week was evidence of a massive gap between the priorities of seasoned lawmakers and the citizens they supposedly represent.
Barr said that his constituents, and the American people more broadly, do not share Cheney’s fixation with the 2020 election or the January 6th Committee but are concerned instead with kitchen table issues, such as the cost of living and securing the southern border.
“It goes to show, these Congressional seats do not belong to politicians in Washington,” Barr told host Chuck Todd. “These seats belong to the American people. And there is a massive, massive disconnect between the priorities of politicians in Washington and the concerns of the American people.”
“I have been back in my district — in Urban, Kentucky, Mount Sterling, Kentucky, in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Richmond, Kentucky– over the past several weeks, and not once, not once, have any of my constituents, Republican or Democrat, talked about the 2020 election, January 6th, the committee in Washington or any of these issues,” he continued.
“They’re talking about not being able to afford putting food on the table, putting gas in their trucks, and not being able to see their grandson again because he died of a fentanyl overdose because we don’t have control over our southern border. That’s what the American people care about. And politicians who obsess about the past are not in touch with the American people.”
Barr went on to predict that “the Democrats are gonna lose” the November midterm elections “big time,” adding the Republicans are “laser-focused” on pressing issues that “the American people actually care about.”
“That is the rising price of gas, the rising price of groceries, the fact that we can’t find baby formula on the shelves,” he said. “The Democrats are advocating a dangerous policy of not only defunding the police but eliminating cash bail, eliminating qualified immunity for law enforcement. Homicides are up 15% in this country. Americans want security and safety. Democrats are not delivering that. We have a positive agenda to put the country back on the right track.”
EXCLUSIVE: There’s a disconnect between D.C. priorities & Americans’ concerns, says @RepAndyBarr (R-Ky.), who’s in a swing district.
“Not once have any of my constituents … talked about the 2020 election. … Politicians who obsess about the past are not in touch.” pic.twitter.com/akN0M1Vu5A
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) August 21, 2022