Kevin McCarthy is desperately trying to memory hole the January 6 attack

The newest proof comes courtesy of NCS’s KFile, which unearthed a local California radio interview McCarthy did on January 12, lower than per week after the rally and subsequent riot. “I say he has responsibility,” McCarthy mentioned of Trump. “He told me personally that he does have some responsibility. I think a lot of people do.”
Which mirrors what McCarthy mentioned the following day on the House flooring. Here’s the key bit:

“The President bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. These facts require immediate action by President Trump.”

It’s additionally in keeping with NCS reporting of an “expletive-laced” phone call between McCarthy and Trump on January 6 wherein McCarthy pressed the then-President to name for an finish to the riot. Trump reportedly mentioned, “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.”

What all of that is NOT in keeping with is how McCarthy had sought to body his phrases and actions on January 6 and the aftermath.

By April 2021, McCarthy was shifting his story to take the blame off of Trump.

“What I talked to President Trump about, I was the first person to contact him when the riots was going on,” (*6*). “He didn’t see it. What he ended the call was saying — telling me, he’ll put something out to make sure to stop this. And that’s what he did, he put a video out later.”

Which is, effectively, not completely correct — even should you take at face worth McCarthy’s declare that Trump knew nothing of what was occurring at the Capitol till their cellphone name.

(Sidebar: Coverage of the looming riot was EVERYWHERE on cable all through that day. And Trump is a large shopper of cable information.)

McCarthy’s revised timeline — the one he has been spouting since at the least final April — does not sync with what we all know of Trump’s actions (and inaction) that day.

Just after 4 p.m. on January 6, NCS’s Melissa Mahtani reported this:

“It’s been more than two hours since a chaotic mob of rioters surrounded and breached the Capitol. Despite many calls from both Republican and Democrats for President Trump to demand his supporters leave the Capitol building, the President has not yet done so.”

When Trump did lastly subject a video telling rioters to disperse, it wasn’t precisely a forceful scolding. “I know your pain. I know your hurt… But you have to go home now,” Trump mentioned in the video, including, “We love you. You’re very special.”

That’s very totally different than the story McCarthy is promoting on January 6 as of late. It successfully yada yada’s the complete half about Trump not doing a lot of something for hours whereas rioters ransacked the Capitol. Which is, effectively, kind of key.

Why is McCarthy doing this? Politics — pure and easy. In the days instantly following the riot, there was an actual sense — amongst all however the most rabid Trumpers — that he had gone too far and that this episode would successfully be a breaking level between him and the Republican Party writ massive.

But, that break by no means materialized. In truth, the cult of character surrounding Trump solely grew as the nation obtained farther from January 6 — to the level that ballot after ballot exhibits a majority of Republicans consider the Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump. (There’s zero precise proof to again up this declare.)

That actuality compelled a fast recalculation by McCarthy, who:

a) needs to be Speaker if Republicans win the House majority this fall and

b) is aware of he has to have the help of the former president (and Trump’s congressional allies) to make that occur.

Suddenly, Trump wasn’t to blame for what occurred, however slightly somebody who jumped to cope with the insurrectionists as quickly as he was made conscious of them. That this story did not — and does not — comport with identified and accepted details was beside the level to McCarthy. His solely purpose was to get again into Trump’s good graces.

Here’s the downside for McCarthy: We have the receipts. What he mentioned in the week after the riot bears zero resemblance to what he says now. And that issues.


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