Here’s what McCarthy did.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has reportedly brushed off the recently published book excerpt from a pair of New York Times reporters. The excerpt describes an interaction between McCarty and former President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot.
The excerpt in question refers to a leaked phone call between the two, an event in which Trump told the authors Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns showcases how McCarthy in his opinion has an “inferiority complex.”
McCarthy, who has been blasted for his denial of criticisms of Trump and firebrand conservative lawmakers after the Capitol events, told the Washington Examiner that his relationship with Trump is good and he is unconcerned by the remarks.
“No reaction, I just talked to him — the president called me last night,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy is currently contending to be a speaker if the Republicans manage to win back the majority in November. This controversy has largely not affected him, and in a closed-door meeting with House Republicans, they gave him a round of applause after he discussed the leaked tape and reports.
“Trump is very perceptive,” one GOP lawmaker stated.
“He’s probably one of the most insecure people I’ve ever met,” said another senior conservative member when talking about McCarthy.
McCarthy’s allies have also spoken about the authors’ attempt to misrepresent the events.
“These guys, it’s very dishonest the way they’re handling the situation. What they conveyed to Trump that McCarthy said was not what was on the tape,” one senior lawmaker stated.
Still, in light of the recent events, some have spoken about McCarthy potentially not resuming his place as the Speaker and that instead the Speaker should be decided based on how many seats the Republicans gain.
Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida and former House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs of Arizona also posted a video on Thursday where they criticized McCarthy.
“Basically, don’t trust Mr. McCarthy anymore. He’s going to have to rebuild trust,” Biggs said in the video.