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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy He received a “warm welcome” at a House Republican meeting on Wednesday, as the convention appears to be gathering behind him after leaked phone calls.
“It’s a standing ovation and Kevin will be the speaker,” Representative Nancy Mays told reporters.
“Yes,” Rep. Jay Obernault, R-Calif., said when asked by Fox News Digital for the ovation.
“He addressed them and I think the conference was satisfied,” Obernault added of what McCarthy said about the tapes.
The New York Times recently published taped phone calls showing McCarthy disparaging former President Donald Trump, including a call in which he said he would call for her to resign in the wake of the January 6 attack on the Capitol by his supporters.
McCarthy also said that some of its members may be putting people at risk with their rhetoric, particularly regarding Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
Top House Democrats on Wednesday attacked Republicans for their continued support of Trump and, for some, his electoral claims.
“Keep on supporting the big lie, lying about everything else, lying about when they get caught, and then giving a standing ovation,” said the Republicans, House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Pete Aguilar, D-Calif.
“The right-wing radical playbook is simple. It’s not complicated,” said Hakim Jeffries, chair of the House Democratic Caucus. “It’s a five-point book. Number one, lie. Number two, lie. Number three, lie. Number four, lie. Number five, lie again.”
Jeffreys went on to say that Republicans “lie with impunity. Facts don’t matter. Hypocrisy is no constraint on their behavior. They believe rudeness is a superpower.”
Not all Republicans seem to accept McCarthy’s explanation on Wednesday. Rep. Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, was asked if he trusted McCarthy.
“Not more or less than usual,” Gates said.
The Republican who stirred up crowds often criticized McCarthy and this week criticized the GOP leader for the content of the phone calls.
During the meeting, Gates spoke and was very annoyed — “rightly,” said Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, Republic of -GA. The York Times reported that Gates broke the law with some of his statements.
The Florida Republican had already criticized Scales and McCarthy on Twitter as “weak men” after The New York Times reported their own comments in the aftermath of the January 6 attack.
Green also spoke at the meeting, saying the leadership should apologize.
“I said I’d like to hear an apology because I had to be held accountable…for my words,” Green told Fox News.
“It is sometimes appropriate to show humility, and it is good to apologize to one another when we have wronged each other and said something we shouldn’t.”
Green said everyone wanted to know who released the audio tapes. She said if he was an employee, he should be fired.
After McCarthy and other members spoke about the leaked conversations, Greene said Republicans left the meeting on a more positive note.
A source in the room also told Fox News Digital that Green thanked McCarthy and his attorney for helping her try to get her personal Twitter account back, which has been permanently suspended by the platform.
“But I still think there is more conversation to have and I want to see it come together,” Green said. “I don’t want to see people get angry.”
When asked if she got an apology, Green didn’t mention getting an apology right away. “I just said I think the right thing to do is if you say something that you didn’t mean or offend Matt Gates or anyone else. [is to] Apologize. I think that’s the right thing.”
McCarthy refuted what was reported by The Times as “completely wrong and completely wrong” and emphasized that he had never asked Trump to resign. Trump and McCarthy remained on good terms last week after the first audio recordings were leaked, according to a source familiar with the matter.