“The reporter never asked me that question. The reporter came to me the night before the book was released. And I understood he was saying that I asked President Trump to resign. No, I never did. That’s what I was answering. If you were asking, now, would I tell my members That we’re going to ask — ask them if I told any of them I said President Trump — the answer is no. I’m glad you asked that question, but what’s more important than something that happened 15 months ago in a private conversation with about four other people is what’s going on here now.”
literal gibberish. (I listened to McCarthy’s answer about 15 times to try to understand what he was saying.)
Not only is McCarthy’s answer not logical, but it is also factually inaccurate.
Let’s get back to what we know.
So, McCarthy died for the rights here. There are no two sides to this debate. He said the newspaper’s report was completely wrong. They had an audio recording of him saying he told members of the Republican leadership that he would ask Trump to resign.
So much so that McCarthy has a strategy for how to deal with this mess, it seems to be one of confusion.
The timing of the request for comment is stated at the last minute. But why when the question is asked how do you answer it?
McCarthy also suggests that he never discussed any of this with the other members. But there is a voice for him in a call with the leaders of the Republican Party! not count?
And finally, McCarthy’s attempt to argue that this is all old news – and not as important as what’s happening at the border – kind of misses the point. We’re talking about a violent insurrection in the US Capitol and the role the then president played in that by making a series of false claims about the 2020 election. These are very important things for democracy, you know.
McCarthy, at least for now, appears to be skating with Trump despite these latest discoveries. But man, he doesn’t help himself in terms of explaining his denials with answers like the one he gave on Monday.