Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fla) criticized House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Minority Representative Steve Scales (R-Los Angeles) on Tuesday after New York times He published a report that included taped comments from congressional representatives voicing concerns about the Florida Republican’s comments in the wake of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.
Gaetz in a statement posted on Twitter McCarthy and Scales called “weak men.”
“Rep. McCarthy and Rep. Scalise had views on President Trump and I shared them about the hateful calls with Liz Cheney, not us,” Gates wrote. “This is the behavior of weak men, not leaders.”
Earlier on Tuesday, the New York Times reported that McCarthy, during a call with the GOP leadership on January 10, 2021, said Gates was “Putting people at risk.” He was particularly concerned about comments made by the Florida Republican who attacked Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo) in the wake of the January 6 riots, according to The Times.
“And he doesn’t need to do that. We’ve seen what the people in the Capitol are going to do, you know, and these guys came in roped, with everything else,” McCarthy said on the call while discussing the Gates case.
Scales also expressed concerns about Gates’ comments, noting that the statements may be illegal.
“This is dangerous stuff,” Scales said. “It’s probably illegal what he’s doing.”
Also in the Jan. 10 phone call, McCarthy denounced the Republican call-up, saying it “must stop.”
“These members are calling out the other members, these things have to stop,” McCarthy said.
The tension is very high. The country is so crazy. I don’t want to look back and think we caused something. He added… I don’t want to play politics with any of that.
McCarthy said he received a report of Gates calling people “anti-Trump,” adding that “these are dangerous things people do and they need to stop.”
Gates said on Tuesday that McCarthy and Scales “protected Liz Cheney from criticism” while he was protecting Trump from impeachment.
“They considered it inciting or illegal to call Cheney and Kinzinger ‘anti-Trump,’ a sign he proudly declares today,” he added.
The Florida Republican also suggested that the new recordings illustrate McCarthy and Scales’ true ideas.
“On the bright side, you no longer have to be a lobbyist with a $5,000 check to really know what McCarthy and Scales are thinking. You just have to listen to their own words as they detract from Trump and the Congressional Republicans they are fighting for.”
The Hill has reached out to McCarthy and Scales for comment.
The Times-reported audio recordings have been obtained for the upcoming book This Won’t Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future, written by Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns, both newspaper reporters.
Tuesday’s report was the second article to include private comments from McCarthy in the wake of the January 6 riots. In the first installment, McCarthy was heard saying he would recommend Trump resign from office. Initially called the report “Wrong and completely wrong” But the audio recordings later Statements supported.
Gates knocked on McCarthy Twitter After the first report, accusing him again of “defending” Cheney.