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Kevin McCarthy Slammed For His ‘Pathetic’ Statement On Boebert’s Islamophobic Comments

 

Earlier this week, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) made a disgusting remark in which she referred to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as a suicide bomber:

Boebert later issued a half-assed apology for her comments which sounded less like contrition than it did a desperate attempt to tamp down controversy:

Despite calls for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to condemn Boebert, he waited over 24 hours before he said anything, finally issuing a tepid statement that read:

“I talked to Congresswoman Lauren Boebert today. She has apologized for what she said and has reached out to Congresswoman Omar to meet next week.

“I spoke with Leader (Steny) Hoyer today to help facilitate that meeting so that Congress can get back to talking to each other and working on the challenges facing the American people.”

Be sure and note that nowhere in that statement did McCarthy criticize Boebert or call her out for her bigotry.

McCarthy’s belated comment was the topic of discussion on MSNBC Saturday, with host Yasmin Vossoughian asking GOP strategist Susan Del Percio if we should “expect more” from the minority leader. Del Percio replied:

“We should expect more from leadership, but Kevin McCarthy has shown no leadership, so I don’t expect more from him because he’s incompetent and is just bound to whatever he thinks — and that’s the key, whatever he thinks — will make Donald Trump happy. So that’s his audience and that’s who he’s playing to. … Kevin McCarthy is trying to maybe look like something — I can’t say like a leader, because he’s just not — and he’s just become pathetic.”

McCarthy is indeed pathetic, and so is the vast majority of the GOP in both the House and Senate. They have no shame and no plan to help the country. Instead, they use hatred, lies, and bigotry to try and pretend they’re more than just a cult masquerading as a political party.

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Kevin McCarthy’s Failure To Stop Biden’s Infrastructure Bill Sets Off A ‘Bloodletting’ Inside The GOP

 

For Republicans, last week began with ecstasy and ended with agony, as factions within the party began to turn on each other.

The high point for the GOP was when Glenn Youngkin (R) defeated Terry McAuliffe (D) in the Virginia gubernatorial election. For a while, it even looked as if the incumbent Democratic governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, might also be ousted by a GOP challenger, but Murphy managed to squeak out a narrow victory.

And then, as Aaron Blake of the Washington Post notes, came Friday, and for most of the day it appeared House Democrats might not have the votes to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure package. But something odd happened: Republicans in the House failed to hold all of their members to vote against the Biden bill:

Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed late Friday night and is headed for his signature after months of intense wrangling over the details — particularly whether it would be tied to a larger spending plan that progressives insisted upon passing alongside it. But in the end it wasn’t really those progressives who provided the key votes, but rather the 13 Republicans. The final vote count was 228 to 206, meaning if no Republicans had voted for the bill, it wouldn’t have passed.

Those 13 defections may have all but sealed the fate of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), especially if Republicans manage to retake the majority in the 2022 midterm elections.

The sniping began immediately after the infrastructure bill passed with GOP support, and the right-wing of the party wasn’t shy about expressing their disgust:

Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) issued a statement which read in part:

“That 13 House Republicans provided the votes needed to pass this is absurd.”

The ever-histrionic Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) went on a tweet storm, threatening to do everything but call down a plague of frogs and locusts on the nation:

Keep in mind that McCarthy clearly misread what was building inside the House GOP caucus, saying earlier this week that he expected the infrastructure was doomed to failure:

While McCarthy previously kept his powder dry on whipping against the bill, he ultimately pushed for his members to vote against it. As recently as last week, McCarthy said, “I don’t expect few, if any, to vote for it, if it comes to the floor today.” In another interview, he was asked about the infrastructure bill and said, “It will fail.”

It did not fail. McCarthy and the GOP leadership did. And that alone tells you Republicans are in disarray. That doesn’t bode well for their plans to retake the majority a year from now.

Oh, and there’s also a human infrastructure bill headed down the tracks. It could come up for a vote as soon as next week.

The downfall of Kevin McCarthy, meanwhile, is almost complete.

 

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Kevin McCarthy Claims Google ‘Tries To Control Our Thoughts’

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said Sunday that he believes Google “tries to control our thoughts” with their search engine, which is used by more than 88% of Americans.

Appearing on the Fox News show “Sunday Morning Futures,” McCarthy was told by host Maria Bartiromo:

“The DOJ has asked Google to send them the people who search for certain phrases. And is Google participating in this? Tell me about that. This was very concerning when I understood what this was all about — that Google was actually going to provide phrases that we put in that search bar.”

Bartiromo seems to be referring to a report from Forbes that the Justice Department had asked Google to provide data on people who’d searched for the name or address of sexual assault victims. According to that article:

In 2019, federal investigators in Wisconsin were hunting men they believed had participated in the trafficking and sexual abuse of a minor. She had gone missing that year but had emerged claiming to have been kidnapped and sexually assaulted, according to a search warrant reviewed by Forbes. In an attempt to chase down the perpetrators, investigators turned to Google, asking the tech giant to provide information on anyone who had searched for the victim’s name, two spellings of her mother’s name and her address over 16 days across the year. After being asked to provide all relevant Google accounts and IP addresses of those who made the searches, Google responded with data in mid-2020, though the court documents do not reveal how many users had their data sent to the government.

That led McCarthy to remark:

“We know how Google tries to control our thoughts, and what we can read on the basis that 90% of any search inside the internet goes through Google. But now, the Biden administration’s government is asking Google to tell them whoever searches certain phrases.

“I just read about this this week. This is a real concern.”

What McCarthy failed to mention, however, is that anyone on the internet can use whatever search engine they choose. Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, and dozens of other sites are also available, and since Republicans are so fond of saying that the “free market” should decide who wins and loses when it comes to competition, a person makes a decision whether or not he or she goes with Google.

Granted, there are legitimate privacy concerns that need to be addressed, but to suggest that Google is trying to control our thoughts is absolutely ridiculous.

Maybe one day Kevin McCarthy can have someone explain how to him how the internet works. Of course, he probably still wouldn’t understand.

Here’s the video from Fox News:

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McCarthy And Scalise Directly Implicated In The Plot To Overturn 2020 Election

The more we learn about the elaborate plan to make sure Donald Trump remained as president, the clearer it becomes that numerous individuals at various levels of the federal government were involved in an attempt to overturn the will of the voters and carry out a coup.

According to attorney Sidney Powell, both House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) were part of the plot, which also involved a court challenge that would be heard by one of the most conservative justices on the Supreme Court, Samuel Alito.

Powell was a guest on “The Stew Peters Show,” and she revealed that McCarthy and Scalise had been tasked with denying Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi from filing an amicus brief in the case which would have argued that the election was valid and should be certified by Congress:

“There had been inside goings-on in Congress whereby I believe it was Steve Scalise and McCarthy kept her from being an actual party. She wanted to work her way into the case, but somehow that didn’t happen. She got notice when we made our filing. She wanted to file an amicus brief, and then everything broke loose, and she had to speed up reconvening Congress to get the vote going before Justice Alito might issue an injunction.”

Powell even explained why Alito would be the judge in the case, which would eventually have been heard by the full Supreme Court if those loyal to Trump had been successful:

“Justice Alito was our circuit justice for that. And we were suing the vice president to follow the 12th Amendment as opposed to the Electoral College Act.”

Granted, Powell is not exactly the most reliable of sources considering the lies she’s already told about her role in the conspiracy to deny Joe Biden the presidency. But her accusations can easily be confirmed by a close look at both McCarthy and Scalise’s phone and email records. Those have been subpoenaed by the House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

Records from the Trump administration will also soon be in the hands of the House committee because President Joe Biden has made it clear he will not cite executive privilege to keep them hidden. Those, combined with the records from members of Congress who coordinated with Trump and his associates, will provide concrete proof of who was involved in the conspiracy.

Powell’s remarks are also more evidence that can be used by the Justice Department to charge those involved with federal crimes, including election interference and sedition.

Every single person who tried to keep Trump in office is part of a criminal conspiracy. They need to be charged, prosecuted, and given long sentences if they’re found guilty. That’s how we protect our republic and send a message to anyone who might think of trying something like this in the future.

 

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Matt Gaetz Publicly Humiliates Kevin McCarthy As The GOP Civil War Descends To The Gutter

Though they try to keep their disagreements behind closed doors most of the time, there’s a civil war taking place inside the Republican Party, with once faction representing the pragmatic but conservative view that’s traditional for the GOP and the other eagerly making common cause with domestic terror groups and insisting Donald Trump must be allowed to serve as president for as long as he wants.

In other words, it’s the pre-Trump GOP vs. the Neo-Fascist GOP.

One of the most controversial of the new Republicans is Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL), a man who seems to believe that it’s perfectly acceptable that he dated underage girls and took them across state lines for the purposes of having sex with them. For that, Gaetz is now facing life in prison if he’s indicted and convicted.

But there are also some Republicans who try to walk the line between the old GOP and the new version of the party. People like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA), who spoke with Donald Trump on the day of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection and is worried details of that call will be provided to the House Select Committee investigating the riots.

Such was the topic for Gaetz on his podcast, Firebrand, and he noted that “McCarthy doesn’t have strong reactions to things. It’s not his style. Following the targeting of our members, he surprised and said this.”:

And yet, Gaetz then took a very real cheap shot at McCarthy:

“That’s some huffing and puffing indeed. No low T (testosterone) today. But how can we trust Kevin McCarthy to go beyond talking tough to Nancy Pelosi when he won’t even stand up to Liz Cheney or Adam Kinzinger? You see, Cheney and Kinzinger sit as Nancy Pelosi appointees on the January 6th committee. They’ve crossed the Rubicon, joined the other side.”

So McCarthy can’t be trusted because he won’t punish Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger? That means there’s a very real war taking place inside the GOP and they’re aiming their guns at each other. It’s a circular firing squad, and that won’t end well for Republicans.

How should we respond to this? We should applaud with glee and hope for more. The sooner the Trump-infested GOP destroys itself, the better for this country.