Democrats are denouncing GOP Rep. McCarthy for posting a video of himself reading a Dr. Seuss book

US House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy
US House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy speaks during his weekly news conference December 5, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images
  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy posted a video of himself reading from a Dr. Seuss book.
  • Six Dr. Seuss books are no longer being sold because of racist and offensive imagery. 
  • Two prominent Democrats criticized McCarthy for focusing on Dr. Seuss while Congress weighs the $US1.9 ($2) trillion stimulus relief package. 
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GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy is under fire after releasing a video of himself reading from a Dr. Seuss book. 

Dr. Seuss Enterprises said earlier this week that six of the late childrens’ author’s books would no longer be sold because they contained racist and offensive imagery

“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” said Dr. Seuss Enterprises, which oversees the revered author’s estate. “Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’s catalog represents and supports all communities and families.” 

The six books that will no longer be offered on store shelves are “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” “The Cat’s Quizzer,” “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo.”

McCarthy’s video, posted to Twitter Friday, showed himself reading from “Green Eggs and Ham,” which isn’t one of the books identified by the estate as racist. 

“I still like Dr. Seuss, so I decided to read Green Eggs and Ham,” McCarthy said in his tweet accompanying the video. “RT if you still like him too!”

—Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 6, 2021

 

The video drew ire from prominent Democrats, who blasted him for focusing on Dr. Seuss books as the Senate prepares to vote on the $US1.9 ($2) trillion stimulus package

“Dems are focused on getting stimulus checks, unemployment benefits & small business loans to the American people,” said Rep. Ted Lieu of California.

“@GOPLeader is focused on Green Eggs and Ham, a book that continues to be published and accepted by the free market,” he said. “There is a difference between the two parties.”

“I read Green Eggs & Ham to my kids at least once a week- a classic,” said Democratic National Committee chair Jaime Harrison. “But you voted against a bill that cuts child poverty in half, that would allow parents to keep food on the table & lights on in their homes! Put down the damn book & actually do something that will help folks!”

McCarthy’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

The Senate could vote on the stimulus package as early as Saturday.