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The former chair of the Democratic National Committee said Sunday that Kevin McCarthy‘s response to reports he called for Donald Trump to resign following the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot proves he is ‘afraid’ of the ex-president.

‘I think he’s terrified of Trump,’ Donna Brazile said on ABC’s This Week panel when speaking about the House Republican leader.

‘I think he’s terrified of telling the truth in terms of what he did in those five to seven days following the mob attack that everyone knows that former President Trump inspired when he assembled that group at the ellipse.’

‘Kevin McCarthy is afraid of Trump,’ she added.

‘He needs Trump in order to become Speaker of the House. And he’s afraid of turning off his base.’

Republicans are anticipating a take back of the majority in the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections, meaning McCarthy would be on a sure track for speaker as the current GOP leader.

Many candidates, however, are relying on riding Trump’s coattails to Washington, D.C.

Leaked audio revealed this week that McCarthy wanted Trump to resign after the Capitol attack last year.

The leader’s office did not reply to a DailyMail.com request for comment on the revelations in the tape. Prior to its release, however, his spokesperson said that McCarthy had never tried to push Trump out after the riot.

‘Let me be very clear to all of you, and I’ve been very clear to the president – he bears responsibility for his word and actions, no ifs, ands or buts,’ McCarthy said on the bombshell audio recording.

Former DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile (pictured) said Sunday Kevin McCarthy's response to reports he called for Trump to resign following the January 6 Capitol riot proves he is 'terrified' of the ex-president

Former DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile (pictured) said Sunday Kevin McCarthy's response to reports he called for Trump to resign following the January 6 Capitol riot proves he is 'terrified' of the ex-president

Former DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile (pictured) said Sunday Kevin McCarthy’s response to reports he called for Trump to resign following the January 6 Capitol riot proves he is ‘terrified’ of the ex-president

Bombshell leaked audio reveals that McCarthy told Republicans during a private meeting  days after the January 6 attack that he feels Trump 'bears responsibility' for the riot. Pictured: McCarthy speaks at a California Republican Party convention in Anaheim, California onSaturday, April 23, 2022

Bombshell leaked audio reveals that McCarthy told Republicans during a private meeting  days after the January 6 attack that he feels Trump 'bears responsibility' for the riot. Pictured: McCarthy speaks at a California Republican Party convention in Anaheim, California onSaturday, April 23, 2022

Bombshell leaked audio reveals that McCarthy told Republicans during a private meeting  days after the January 6 attack that he feels Trump ‘bears responsibility’ for the riot. Pictured: McCarthy speaks at a California Republican Party convention in Anaheim, California onSaturday, April 23, 2022

The audio from a private meeting with Republicans revealed that he also claimed that Trump admitted to him in a phone call following the January 6 attack that he did ‘have some responsibility for what happened.’

At the time, McCarthy said that they needed to acknowledge that fact.

Many Republicans are hesitant to speak on the leader’s comments, especially as reports claim the former president is not mad. Others have been more open about their distaste for his remarks.

But McCarthy has come under fire from both sides of the aisle since a recently-revealed private phone call showed the true depth of his fury at the ex-president – which was followed up by him flying to Florida for an audience with Trump in a show of support just days later.

Progressive Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren branded McCarthy a ‘traitor’.

‘Kevin McCarthy is a liar and a traitor. This is outrageous,’ Warren said during an interview with CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday.

‘And that is really the illness that pervades the Republican leadership right now. Because they say one thing to the American public, and they say something else in private.’

She accused McCarthy of focusing more on Trump’s baseless claims the 2020 election was rigged rather than moving the country ‘forward.’

‘They understand it is wrong what happened — an attempt to overthrow our government,’ Warren said.

‘And that the Republicans instead want to continue to figure out how to make 2020 election different instead of spending their energy on how it is we go forward…in order to make this country work better.’

She added, ‘Shame on Kevin McCarthy.’

It comes after the California Republican told other GOP leaders that he would ask Trump to resign and accused the ex-president of ‘inciting people’ to go to the Capitol that day.

Progressive Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren said McCarthy should feel 'shame' over the explosive leaked audio

Progressive Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren said McCarthy should feel 'shame' over the explosive leaked audio

Progressive Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren said McCarthy should feel ‘shame’ over the explosive leaked audio

Other Democrats were quick to pile on McCarthy as well, with Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell of California calling him a ‘liar’ on Twitter late last week.  

Schiff said on April 22, ‘Authoritarians don’t come to power alone. They come to power on the backs of men like Kevin McCarthy.’

GOP Senator Roy Blunt also weighed in on Sunday, telling NBC News he was ‘surprised’ McCarthy even mentioned resignation to Trump.

‘He’s been close to Trump. Frankly, when I first heard this, I thought, anybody who’d been as close to President Trump as Kevin McCarthy was would know that the last thing Donald Trump was gonna do is either resign or quit,’ Blunt said. 

‘There was no way that was gonna happen. I was frankly so surprised that Kevin would even suggest that it might be a realistic suggestion to make to President Trump.’

GOP Senator Roy Blunt was 'surprised' that McCarthy would even suggest asking Trump to resign, claiming it was the 'last thing' the ex-president would do

GOP Senator Roy Blunt was 'surprised' that McCarthy would even suggest asking Trump to resign, claiming it was the 'last thing' the ex-president would do

GOP Senator Roy Blunt was ‘surprised’ that McCarthy would even suggest asking Trump to resign, claiming it was the ‘last thing’ the ex-president would do

Most Republicans, meanwhile, have for held back their reactions until they hear from Trump — who reportedly is not mad at the GOP leader.  

McCarthy phoned the former president following the release of stunning tapes that captured internal GOP leadership discussions after the Capitol riot, according to the Washington Post

It might be expected that Trump would be fuming at the fellow Republican, whom he once called ‘My Kevin,’ after hearing McCarthy’s tough talk with fellow House members.  

That includes McCarthy telling fellow lawmakers ‘What he did is unacceptable. Nobody can defend that, and nobody should defend it,’ in a January 10, 2021 call. 

But a source confirmed to DailyMail.com that Trump isn’t sore at McCarthy. 

In fact, Trump was ‘glad the Republican leader didn’t follow through, which Trump saw as a sign of his continued grip on the Republican Party,’ according to the Post, which cited three anonymous sources. 

Former President Donald Trump isn’t upset at leaked tapes that reveal House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy 

McCarthy has longtime hopes of being elected speaker – a task that would become herculean with outright opposition from Trump, whose grip on the party is so strong that his own name has even been floated for the post (the speaker does not have to be a sitting House member under House rules). 

The two men spoke before CNN aired still more recorded audio of McCarthy, including the House leader saying Trump bore ‘some responsibility’ for Jan. 6. 

‘I know this is not fun. I know this is not great. I know this is very tough, but what I want to do, especially through here is, I don’t want to rush things. Want everybody to have all the information needed. I’ve had it with this guy. What he did is unacceptable. Nobody can defend that, and nobody should defend it,’ McCarthy said on a phone call with a small group of House Republicans on January 10th, 2021. 

McCarthy was also recorded on a January 11, 2021 call with the larger GOP Conference, where he again gave Trump public blame. 

‘Let me be very clear to all of you, and I am very clear to the president. He bears responsibilities for his words and actions, no IFS, ands, or buts. I asked him personally today, does he hold responsibility for what happened? Does he feel bad about what happened? He told me he does have some responsibility for what happened. And he needed to acknowledge that,’ he said. 

THE RECEIPTS: On Thursday night's Rachel Maddow Show, the MSNBC host played a clip of a conversation between House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Liz Cheney. In it, McCarthy says what was reported in a forthcoming book by New York Times reporters, which he denied saying earlier Thursday

THE RECEIPTS: On Thursday night's Rachel Maddow Show, the MSNBC host played a clip of a conversation between House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Liz Cheney. In it, McCarthy says what was reported in a forthcoming book by New York Times reporters, which he denied saying earlier Thursday

THE RECEIPTS: On Thursday night’s Rachel Maddow Show, the MSNBC host played a clip of a conversation between House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Liz Cheney. In it, McCarthy says what was reported in a forthcoming book by New York Times reporters, which he denied saying earlier Thursday 

Rep. Liz Cheney

Rep. Liz Cheney

Rep. Liz Cheney denies she leaked audio of a call to New York Times reporters in which House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says he’ll pressure former President Donald Trump to resign in the aftermath of the January 6 Capitol attack 

The recordings were revealed by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, who are promoting their new book, This Will Not Pass.

Trump has not publicly responded to the leaks.

And in the many months after Jan. 6th, he has not made any kind of public statement of responsibility for what transpired.

Instead, Trump has railed against an election he calls ‘rigged,’ attacked the House select committee probing Jan. 6th as the ‘unselect’ panel, and sought to engineer primaries against the small group of Republicans who voted to impeach him. 

The McCarthy tapes have not gone over well with former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, who cast it as disloyal on his podcast.

‘Right there you’re hearing all the money, all the leadership in the Republican Party, how they plot, in probably Trump’s weakest moment, when the whole world turned against him,’ Bannon said. 

 

Source: dailymail

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