McCarthy torched 'atrocious and totally wrong' Trump behind his back amid Jan. 6 chaos: audio

McCarthy torched 'atrocious and totally wrong' Trump behind his back amid Jan. 6 chaos: audio
Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in February 2020, Kevin McCarthy

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is at the center of controversy due to newly-released audio that captures him slamming former President Donald Trump for a second time.

According to HuffPost, the recorded remarks were reportedly made during the days that followed the chaotic and deadly insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.. Although many Republican lawmakers, including McCarthy, have publicly backed the former disgraced president, the audio suggests McCarthy was singing a very different tune behind Trump's back.

In the audio —which was released by New York Times reporters, Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin, who also authored the newly-released book titled, This Will Not Pass— McCarthy could be heard saying, “What the president did is atrocious and totally wrong."

The audio sheds light on a completely different perspective of McCarthy's take on the former president. Per HuffPost: "The audio shows McCarthy was in a much different frame of mind after the assault on the Capitol by Trump supporters. He said in the Jan. 8, 2021 recording that removing Trump via the 25th Amendment would take too long, and that impeachment could further divide the nation."

While many Republicans also refused to accept the outcome of the presidential election and acknowledge President Joe Biden as the next legitimate president, McCarthy reportedly wanted to reach out to him to ensure a smooth transition of power would occur.

On Wednesday, May 4, CNN aired clips from clips from a Republican leadership call along with discussions from Burns and Martin.

The latest reports come after months of conflicting statements made by McCarthy. He initially admitted that the former president “bears responsibility” but quickly jumped ship to avoid Trump's ire. Just days after making that remark, he pivoted saying that he did not believe Trump was responsible for provoking any attack.

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