McCarthy disputes report that he was willing to push Trump to quit after Jan. 6

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Thursday disputed a report that he and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had privately sworn to push the President of the time, Donald Trump, out of politics following January 1st. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.

The New York Times reported on Thursday that McCarthy and McConnell had told fellow Republicans they believed Trump was responsible for inciting the insurrection and would personally urge him to step down.

“I’m sick of this guy,” McCarthy told fellow GOP leaders days after the attack, according to the report. As Democrats move forward with plans to impeach Trump for the second time, McCarthy reportedly said he plans to call the president and say, “I think that will pass, and I would recommend that you resign. .”

A spokesperson for McCarthy told the newspaper that the California Republican “never said he would call Trump to say he should resign.”

In a statement On Thursday, McCarthy called the Times’ reporting “totally false and misguided” and accused the media of “doing everything they can to advance a liberal agenda.”

“The past year and a half has proven that our country was better off when President Trump was in the White House and rather than addressing the real issues facing Americans, the corporate media is more concerned with profiting of political intrigue fabricated from politically motivated sources. “said McCarthy.

McConnell’s office declined to comment on the report. According to the New York Times, the Kentucky Republican predicted the Senate would convict Trump and said privately in the days following the Jan. 6 attack, “If it’s not inscrutable, I don’t know what it is.

Despite their reported private comments condemning Trump, McCarthy and McConnell were quick to back the president again.

In late January 2021, McCarthy visited Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, where the two discussed GOP efforts to take over the house and posed for a photo together. The following month, McConnell said he would “absolutely” support Trump if the former president wins the Republican nomination in 2024.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), a vocal Trump critic and one of two Republicans serving on the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack, said in a tweet Thursday that McCarthy said he’d l had “had” with Trump were “100% true”.

“McCarthy was over Trump until he wasn’t, when he realized he needed him. This photo literally resurrected Trump’s political life,” Kinzinger said, sharing the Mar-a-Lago’s now infamous photo of the two men. “Thank you Kev.”

According to the New York Times, McCarthy also said in the days following the attack that he wanted Twitter to shut down the accounts of some House Republicans such as Rep. Lauren Boebert (Colo.) who had done what he considered inappropriate comments related to the insurgency.

A spokesperson for McCarthy told the newspaper that McCarthy “never said that any particular members should be removed from Twitter.” Boebert’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.




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