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Kevin McCarthy tore into a new report based on an upcoming book that claims he tried to push Donald Trump out of the White House following the January 6 Capitol riot, instead insisting President Joe Biden’s time in office has proven the previous administration was good for America.
‘The New York Times’ reporting on me is totally false and wrong,’ the House Republican leader wrote in a statement tweeted out on Thursday with the caption ‘My statement on the New York Times’.
‘It comes as no surprise that the corporate media is obsessed with doing everything it can to further a liberal agenda,’ he continued. ‘This promotional book tour is no different.’
McCarthy lamented: ‘If the reporters were interested in the truth why would they ask for comment after the book was printed?’
Excerpts from an upcoming book from two New York Times reporters was published on the newspaper’s website on Thursday morning.
It claimed that McCarthy and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell both expressed in the days following the Capitol attack that they thought Trump was responsible for the January 6 riot.
‘I’ve had it with this guy,’ McCarthy told a group of Republican leaders, according to excerpts from the book detailed by the Times.
He also expressed interest in pushing Trump to resign, but the leader’s spokesman Mark Bednar denied this account, telling the Times: ‘McCarthy never said he’d call Trump to say he should resign.’
McCarthy says he never spoke with the authors before the book was printed – and is set for publishing on May 3.
McConnell, the Senate GOP leader, turned his attention to the Democrat-led impeachment against the then-president, according to the book.
‘The Democrats are going to take care of the son of a b***h for us,’ McConnell said January 11, 2021 during a lunch in Kentucky with two longtime advisers in reference to the imminent impeachment vote in the House.
A new book reveals that House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (left) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell both said days after the Capitol riot that they believe Donald Trump (right) was responsible for inciting the attack
McCarthy said, according to the book, that he would push Trump to resign while McConnell (left) said of the impeachment proceedings: ‘The Democrats are going to take care of the son of a b***h for us’
McCarthy released a statement (pictured above) vehemently denying the claims made in the book as ‘totally false and wrong’ and insisting ‘our country was better off when President Trump in the White House’
Despite the report, McCarthy said in his statement Thursday that Trump was good for America.
‘The past year and a half have proven that our country was better off when President Trump was in the White House’ he wrote, ‘and rather than address the real issues facing Americans, the corporate media is more concerned with profiting from manufactured political intrigue from politically-motivated sources.’
‘Our country has suffered enough under failed one-party Democrat rule and no amount of media ignorance and bias will stop Americans from delivering a clear message this fall that it is time for change.’
The two top Republican leaders in Congress, mainly McCarthy, have publicly voiced support for Trump following the attack last January – as is further evident by the statement following the report indicating he spoke out against the former president.
Within weeks of the January 6 riot, both Republicans backed off an all-out fight with Trump, fearing retribution from him and his supporters.
‘I didn’t get to be leader by voting with five people in the conference,’ McConnell told a friend when seeing there was not widespread support for Trump’s impeachment among Republicans.
Two Times reporters wrote This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future, which will hit shelves on May 3.
The upcoming book draws on hundreds of interviews with lawmakers and officials and aims to recount the 2020 election and the first year of the Biden presidency while exposing the deep fissures within both parties ahead of the 2022 midterms.
Upcoming book This Will Not Pass from two New York Times journalists recounts the 2020 election and first year of Biden’s presidency while exposing deep fissures within both parties ahead of the 2022 midterm elections
Along with some public rebuke, but mostly a realignment with Trump, McCarthy told his GOP leadership team four days after the January 6 attack that he would speak with the president about the impeachment resolution.
He said that while it was very unlikely Trump would follow his recommendations, he would tell him: ‘I think this will pass, and it would be my recommendation you should resign.’
Following the January 6 riot, Democrats moved swiftly to impeach the president for the second time – claiming his words and actions incited his supporters to descend on the Capitol.
The House passed the article of impeachment on January 13, 2021. The vote was 232–197, which included all 222 Democrats and 10 Republicans. Four Republicans did not vote at all and the remaining 197 Republicans voted against impeachment.
The Senate, which was still controlled by Republicans at this point, voted against impeachment.
Subsequently, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi formed the House select committee proving the January 6 attack. The 9-member panel includes just two Republicans – Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney and Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger, both of whom voted to impeach Trump.