First Lady Jill Biden headlines a fundraiser at her home Friends co-creator Marta Kaufman on Friday, when she called out “extremists” among Republican lawmakers who refuse to support broadly popular issues.
According to a poll report, Biden said that while Americans say they want corporations to pay their fair share of taxes and invest in clean energy, “not a single Republican voted for any of that.”
She was referring to the Anti-Inflation Act, climate and health bills that passed Congress without Republican votes.
“These are not controversial issues, for heaven’s sake,” he said. “They’re not partisan, and that’s why extremists refuse to support them. They’re making political moves, you know, playing to the people they represent, and they’re all Americans. , including millions of Republicans, is really disappointing.”
The luncheon at Hancock Park was for the Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund, which raises money for the Democratic National Committee and state parties. Tickets started at $5,000 per person, with those who write in or raise $25,000 also named as hosts.
Biden said his parents were Republicans, and said, “Republicans are not like bad people.”
“I mean, my dad was a good person… and the average Republican, I don’t think even he understood what was going on.”
By electing more Democrats in the midterms, the Biden administration will restore abortion rights, ban assault weapons, protect Social Security, pass marriage equality and increase school funding, he said. can do
“It’s not enough to just be angry. We have to get out and get to work, and I think especially with this election. We can do that… especially if we can get women to see that,” she said. “What rights are going to be taken away, and that we have to get out there and work hard.”
Later, Biden visited and toured Homeboy Bakery and Homegirl Cafe in Los Angeles. Founded by Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries provides on-the-job training and rehabilitation services to former gang members and formerly incarcerated individuals.
During a discussion after the visit, she sat down with Boyle and Johanna Carbajal, an enrollee and UCLA alum, as well as Eugene Walker, who is on the senior staff at Homeboy Industries. He talked about how businesses have provided rehabilitation services to previously incarcerated gang members, giving them a chance to establish themselves in the workforce where others would not. They were joined by Supervisor Hilda Solis, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor Brent Parton and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
“Your husband came here with two hours’ notice, and I wasn’t even here, and it was extraordinary. And he left me the longest voicemail message ever,” Boyle noted.
More to come.