McCarthy wondered if some Republicans could be banned from social media like Trump: NYT

  • The leaked audio captured House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s private comments about his fellow Republicans about the riot on Capitol Hill.
  • NYT reporters Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin obtained the audio in the report for an upcoming book.
  • In a call, McCarthy ruminated on whether a GOP lawmaker could be banned from Twitter over a deleted tweet about the Jan. 6 attack.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy wondered aloud whether some GOP lawmakers could be banned from social media for controversial posts like former President Donald Trump, according to a report by The New York Times.

In audio recordings obtained by Times reporters Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin, the House Minority Leader was heard expressing concern about comments by his fellow Republicans inciting violence following the Capitol Hill riot.

McCarthy reportedly called some of the aforementioned lawmakers by name, including Republican Representatives Matt Gaetz and Mo Brooks. (Brooks gave a speech at a rally prior to the siege of the Capitol.)

In a call with Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana and other GOP leaders, McCarthy discussed other GOP lawmakers who have made comments about the Capitol siege, including Representatives Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Louie Gohmert of Texas and Barry Moore of Alabama , according to The Times.

At one point in the call, a now-deleted tweet from Moore was read in which the Alabama lawmaker commented on the shooting death of pro-Trump protester Ashli ​​Babbitt.

“I understand (sic) that it was a black police officer who shot the white veteran,” he tweeted the weekend following the January 6 attack. “You know that doesn’t fit the narrative.”

After the comment was read on the call, McCarthy said in response, “Can’t they take their Twitter accounts too?” alluding to Trump’s ban on the social media platform in early January 2021.

McCarthy’s office did not immediately respond to an Insider request for comment.

The release of this audio follows the release of a number of other statements he is said to have said behind closed doors, including one in which he blamed Trump for the Capitol riot on his colleagues, according to the previously leaked audio obtained by The Times. Before the tapes were released, the House Republican leader denied making the statements.

“I’ve had enough of this guy,” McCarthy said of Trump during a phone call with House Republicans, according to reporters Burns and Martin. “What he did is unacceptable. No one can defend it and no one should defend it.”

Democrats criticized McCarthy for defending Trump publicly and denouncing him privately, calling McCarthy “a thoughtless, cowardly” and “liar”.

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