In recent days, Obama’s surrogates have likened Republicans to suicide bombers, extortionists and arsonists for tying government funding to the delay or dismantling of Obamacare.
That’s nothing, Carney said, compared to the rhetoric coming from Republicans frustrated with their own party.
“I think we can all establish that some of the harshest criticism of Republicans happening in Washington right now is coming from Republicans,” Carney said, highlighting California Rep. Devin Nunes’ contention that his colleagues were acting like “lemmings with suicide vests."
Administration officials are looking for leverage against Republicans as the White House and Congress remain at loggerheads over a plan to keep the government funded.
A growing faction of Republicans have voiced displeasure with the far-right wing of the Republican Party, saying the GOP may have overplayed its hand in trying to link government funding to Obamacare.
“We’re not asking for anything from Republicans in Congress,” Carney added, refusing to back down from the White House’s harsh characterization of GOP leaders.
And Carney bristled at the suggestion that Republicans were wounded by name calling from the White House.
“If you’re suggesting … that they’ve shut down the government because their feelings are hurt,” Carney said, “a lot of Americans would be shocked and dismayed.”