Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren is condemning Representative Kevin McCarthy as “a liar and a traitor”, showing the House Republican leader – despite his denials – placing the responsibility on then-President Donald Trump for the Capitol riot and Mr. Suggesting resignation.
This is unusually strong language to use against a House Republican leader who is in line to become speaker — the second in presidential succession — if Republicans win control of the House in November’s elections.
But Ms Warren’s statement reflects a flurry of Democratic criticism against Mr McCarthy. They point to his recorded comments in January, 2021, as evidence that GOP lawmakers at the highest levels privately acknowledge Trump’s role in the rebellion at the Capitol, yet publicly continue to defend them.
Mr McCarthy denied a New York Times report last week that he had detailed phone conversations with House Republican aides shortly after the riots that he thought Mr Trump should resign. He called it “completely false”. But in an audio first posted Thursday by the newspaper aired on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show, Mr McCarthy is heard discussing the possibility of urging Mr Trump to step down amid the Democratic pushback. They could be impeached.
When asked about her reaction on Sunday, Ms Warren called the circumstances “outrageous”.
“Kevin McCarthy is a liar and a traitor,” she told Nation World News state of the Union,
“That’s really the disease that is rampant in the Republican leadership right now, that they say one thing to the American public and something more privately,” Ms. Warren said.
“They understand that what happened is wrong, an attempt to overthrow our government and Republicans instead want to continue trying to figure out how to turn the 2020 election apart rather than spend their energy so that we Proceed in order to build an economy, to make this country work better for the people who sent us to Washington.
“Shame on Kevin McCarthy,” said Ms. Warren.
There was no immediate response Sunday to a request for comment from Mr McCarthy’s office.
The crowd that stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021 marches from a rally near the White House where Mr Trump called on him to fight to reverse Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election, saying that The election was stolen. Mr Trump has denied responsibility for the violence.
Mr. McCarthy has been a person of interest for the House committee investigating the storming of the Capitol. The committee requested an interview with Mr McCarthy in mid-January, seeking details of his communications with Mr Trump and White House staff in the week following the violence, including conversations with Mr Trump who It was reportedly hot.
Mr McCarthy issued a statement at the time saying he would refuse to cooperate because he did not see the investigation as legitimate and accused the panel of “abuse of power”.
Trump and McCarthy had strained relations after the Capitol attack, but this was amended after the GOP leader flew to the former president’s resort in Florida to smooth things over.
His coalition renewed, McCarthy is now counting on Trump to help Republicans secure a majority in the House in this November’s midterm elections.