The new comments from McCarthy, a staunch Trump ally, diverged from remarks by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said Tuesday that Trump “provoked” the January 6 riot.
“The crowd was fed on lies,” McConnell told the Senate on the last full day of Trump’s presidency. “They were brought on by the president and other powerful people.”
After Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives last week over riots, McConnell signaled his willingness to convict Trump in the upcoming Senate trial. The leader of the minority Allies have also blamed Trump over Georgia Senate races earlier this month, when Democrats won the two seats they needed to claim a majority in the Senate.
McCarthy said Thursday he hopes Trump, who received a record number of votes for a GOP presidential candidate in 2020, continues to galvanize the supporters he has gathered.
“Every former president still has a role in his party,” McCarthy said. “This president has been very successful. He brought people into the party who had not been involved before and he should continue to engage in this way.”