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House Republicans gave Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) a standing ovation on Wednesday as he continues to fight off media and Democrats ahead of the pivotal midterm elections.
McCarthy spoke before the House Republican Conference to give a “full-throated defense” of the New York Times tapes released recently.
During the address, he said he floated various scenarios about then-President Donald Trump’s future in the wake of the January 6 protests. He emphasized the tapes released recently by the establishment outlet were selective and missing crucial context; he emphasized that these tapes should not divide Republicans as they remain poised to take back the House in November.
Republicans appeared to accept his defense and gave him a standing ovation in reaction to his speech before the body of House Republicans.
One senior GOP aide told Breitbart News this drama was being stoked by the establishment and Republicans will quickly move on.
Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), the chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), said on Tuesday, “Nobody cares about that. … Nobody but the media and journalists.”
“It’s a distraction that some New York Times reporters would rather report on things that Americans don’t care about, instead of focusing on what’s causing the inflation, which is the reckless spending these guys are doing,” Emmer added. “Those are the issues. The tape’s not.”