GOP Rep. Responds to Chelsea Clinton: Maybe She Wants to Run for Office to ‘Do Better Than Her Mommy’
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 2, 2017
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) fired back today at Chelsea Clinton in response to a tweet in which she criticized the congressman’s stance on health care:
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) May 2, 2017
Clinton’s tweet links to a New York Magazine story by Jonathan Chait, in which the liberal writer lambasts Brooks for tying poor health to moral deficiency.
Chait, along with a chorus of critics, seized on Brooks’ comments to Jake Tapper on Monday that people who “lead good lives” should pay less for health insurance, and not have to subsidize the cost of those who don’t lead “good lives.”
Clinton suggested Brooks watch late night host Jimmy Kimmel’s emotional monologue from Tuesday night, in which he criticized the Trump administration for its attempts to slash the budget of the National Institute of Health.
In comments provided to ABC News, Brooks defended his remarks and slammed the former first daughter.
“Well, that is not at all what I said,” Brooks responded, before explaining his stance that certain avoidable pre-existing conditions — such as when a person “intentionally inflicts injury on himself”, or is a “chainsmoker” or “alcoholic” — should not be covered by publicly provided health care.
“And, quite frankly, Chelsea Clinton has no idea what she’s talking about,” Brooks continued. “She’s probably better to stay in the private sector if she’s going to continue to utter such complete public policy nonsense.”
When asked about Clinton’s motivations, Brooks responded “maybe she wants to run for public office and try to do better than her mommy did.”
Watch above, via ABC.
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