Rep says there's a 'civil war' inside House of Representatives

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
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House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries is making a bold claim about his Republican colleagues across the aisle.

In an appearance on ABC's "This Week," Jeffries (D-N.Y.) said there's a "civil war" inside the House of Representatives.

"Let's be clear: House Republicans are in middle of a civil war. A civil war has the following attributes: chaos, dysfunction and extremism," he said.

Jeffries then doubled down on his comments, which come as the House is facing a two-week deadline to reach an agreement on spending and avoid a government shutdown.

"The House Republican civil war is hurting hard-working American taxpayers and limiting our ability to be able to solve problems on their behalf," he said. "It's unfortunate, but as House Democrats, we're going to continue to try to find common ground with the other side of the aisle to work with Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans and President Biden."

"We urge our Republican colleagues in the House to join us. Stop fighting each other in the reckless, reprehensible Republican civil war and let's get to the business of the American people," he added.

Jeffries also noted about the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, saying it is "distracting" lawmakers from getting work done.

"There are no facts on the record, to suggest that President Biden broke the law in any way, shape or form. This is an illegitimate impeachment inquiry. It's a product of the House Republican civil war," he said. "Why in the world, in the middle of all the issues that we are trying to tackle, all of the problems that we are trying to solve on behalf of the American people, would House Republicans inject this illegitimate impeachment inquiry in the middle of us trying to do the business of the American people? It's quite unfortunate. It's wrong. It's distracting. And it should end now."

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), who immediately followed Jeffries' interview, took issue with his repeated use of "civil war."

"[Using] the phrase 'civil war,' over and over again in an interview — if that were a Republican, there would be outrage on the left," she said. "So I find it a little bit hypocritical that that is the divisive language that he used in his interview."

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