House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has said his job involves walking “the tightest tightrope anyone has to walk,” shedding light on his public refusal to answer a question about a conversation with Donald. Trump during the attack on the Capitol.
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, the Republican twice dodged when asked during the deadly riot on January 6, when he asked the former president to suspend supporters who were told to “fight like hell.” To override the election, Trump said, “Well Kevin, I guess these people were more upset about the election than you.”
The question referred to Trump’s refusal to act, but McCarthy’s refusal to respond was widely noted and mentioned in a profile. in the New York Times.
“He could change the whole course of history,” McCarthy told the newspaper, discussing Trump’s influence on the party. “This is the tightest tightrope anyone has to walk.”
Critics say McCarthy is not walking it gracefully, given his support for Trump’s lie that his loss to Joe Biden was caused by election fraud. Speaking to the Times, McCarthy said Trump “goes up and down with his anger. He’s mad at everyone one day. He is mad at me one day. “
According to Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican, Trump scorned McCarthy during his Jan. 6 call, during a riot that left five dead, saw rioters seek to kill Mike Pence, the then vice president, and resulted in a second impeachment trial.
McCarthy reportedly replied, “Who the hell do you think you’re talking to?”
The Times quoted a friend who said at the time that McCarthy was “down at this job” and “really down.” But McCarthy recovered and traveled to Mar-a-Lago to make amends shortly after Trump left power.
McCarthy defended his own votes against certifying election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania, saying that if those states had been overridden, Biden would still have been president.
“That was the only time we were able to raise the problem that there was a question in the activities in those states,” he said.
Republicans in Arizona are now auditing the election results that critics say undermines faith in democracy.
When asked by the Times about controversial Republicans like Marjorie Taylor Greene, Georgia’s far-right representative stripped of committee assignments over conspiracy-filled comments that included saying the speaker, Nancy Pelosi, should be killed, McCarthy said: “Look , I work with people I can’t hire. “
He also said he had not spoken to Biden since inauguration day and reportedly showed photos of the two men together when the Democrat was vice president.
The Times described the scene in McCarthy’s office on Capitol Hill when the mob stormed in, saying that a friend, Arkansas Republican Bruce Westerman, stood there alone, choosing a civil war sword to defend himself.
“Friends,” the newspaper said, “describe the post-election period as traumatic for McCarthy, who publicly perpetuated the fiction that Trump had won while privately asking him to stop.”
The newspaper also said that “whenever the former president’s name appeared in these interviews, McCarthy would lower his voice and speak hesitantly, wary not to elect Trump in a way that might upset him.
“‘Is this story going to be about Trump?’ McCarthy asked, after consecutive questions about him. Then he paused, apparently preparing for a ceiling fan to fall on his head. “
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