McCarthy faces Twitter storm after trying to 'rewrite history' of support for Trump's attempted coup
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Thursday attempted to backpedal on his support of former President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
During an appearance on CNN, news anchor Manu Raju asked the top-ranking Republican lawmaker about the double standard surrounding his support of Trump's efforts to invalidate the election results while criticizing Democrats for contesting the results of an Iowa Congressional race.
McCarthy attempted to suggest that he did not support Trump's efforts as he insisted Raju's remarks were inaccurate. "You're saying something that is not true," the California Republican said.
The publication notes that although McCarthy attempted to "rewrite history," the problem lies in his previous actions. When Trump attempted to strong-arm Congress into carrying out his political agenda, McCarthy made no objections. He also supported Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's (R) election lawsuit seeking to toss out millions of votes amid Trump's post-election legal war.
Amid questions about his support of Trump, the publication also noted that the lawmaker "refused to say whether he endorsed Trump's efforts to overturn the election, and did not say why he hadn't spoken out against those efforts at the time if he didn't support them."
McCarthy's remarks infuriated a number of Twitter users who accused him of lying. Many Twitter users also recalled the number of interviews and statements McCarthy made during Trump's post-election lawsuit filings prior to the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.
One Twitter user recalled McCarthy admitting that Trump influenced the insurrection but did not vote to impeach him. That person wrote, "Well, he blamed Donald Trump for the insurrection and the violence. However, he didn't vote to IMPEACH Trump!! Man facepalming So he thought that inciting an insurrection is not worth impeachment!!"
@CNNPolitics Well, he blamed Donald Trump for the insurrection and the violence. However, he didn't vote to IMPEACH… https://t.co/6qhh6T8VGA— youssefabouelela (@youssefabouelela) 1616160120
Another Twitter user wrote, "Kevin McCarthy does two things fairly well, deflect and lie. How proud he must be. He makes the mistake of thinking people believe his BS!"
@CNNPolitics Pick a direction man. You were in lockstep with the former guy before and after the election. Even ran… https://t.co/pOJgxH5df3— Imagination Nation (@Imagination Nation) 1616158996
@CNNPolitics @bunnie56274335 And he didn't go to Mar-a-Lago to bend a knee and kiss the former guy's ring? It's lik… https://t.co/FqYMNLE59z— 🌊 #VeryAsian 🌊 Eric💔 (@🌊 #VeryAsian 🌊 Eric💔) 1616158133
@CNNPolitics There are all kinds of tapes of him embracing Trump’s big lies! Who does he think he is kidding???— Mary Kaye Gertz (@Mary Kaye Gertz) 1616157232
@CNNPolitics McCarthy backed Trump on his attempt to overturn the election. McCarthy picked Trump over the US and n… https://t.co/24yi9g47dL— mike sutton (@mike sutton) 1616163342
Despite his claims, McCarthy was one of the Republican lawmakers who refused to vote in favor of impeaching Trump.
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