House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) has so far said nothing after an audio recording on Friday found him brazenly lying about his reaction to the January 6 uprising.
McCarthy on Thursday vehemently denied the New York Times report he had planned Ask President Donald Trump to resign After the Capitol riot. A few hours after calling the report “completely wrong and wrong“the journalist who wrote the story” released audio McCarthy made almost the same statement as he had reported.
“It would be my recommendation that you should resign,” McCarthy told fellow GOP House leaders on January 10, 2021. “That would be my take. I don’t think he’ll take it, but I don’t know.”
In addition to telling the story wrong, McCarthy on Thursday trashed journalistsClaiming that “the corporate media is obsessed with doing everything it can to advance the liberal agenda.”
A spokesperson for McCarthy did not respond to a request for comment from HuffPost on Friday.
Times reporters on Friday released a separate recording of McCarthy telling a broad group of House Republicans a week after the attack that Trump had agreed with him that he takes “some responsibility” for what happened. The claim, which was reported at the time without audio, does not match Trump’s behavior then or now. In recent months, Trump has even gone so far as to describe the riots as a justified protest against a stolen election.
McCarthy also downplayed the riots. But the revelation of his private suggestion that Trump should not serve the final days of his presidency, which was not reported earlier this week, makes his earlier public reversal on the Capitol riot all the more remarkable.
A week after the attack, McCarthy said on the floor of the House that Trump took “responsibility” for what happened and should be condemned. The next week, he said Trump had After all the riot did not instigate, ABefore the month ended, McCarthy traveled to Trump’s Florida mansion to pay tribute.
McCarthy’s groan reflects a strategy to retain the fullest possible support of the Trump-loving House Republican convention. If Republicans win control of the House in November’s midterm elections, McCarthy can only remain their leader if a majority of Republicans vote for him to be Speaker.