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In Days After J6, Kevin McCarthy Publicly Blamed Trump for Riot

The following article, In Days After J6, Kevin McCarthy Publicly Blamed Trump for Riot, was first published on Flag And Cross.

At this point in time, with the 2022 midterms looming and Donald Trump still holding quite a bit of sway over the GOP, the Republican Party is going their damnedest to fortify themselves.

Not only has the public been hotly divided on a range of political subjects of late, (not the least of which having to do with the events of January 6th), but there is a partisan committee out there rooting around in the fallout of that day, attempting to mar the GOP’s chances of electoral success in the coming contest.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who has disregarded any notion of cooperation with the committee, is now facing fresh Republican scrutiny for comments that he made in the direct aftermath of that incident.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said publicly and privately in the days following the deadly riots at the US Capitol that President Donald Trump admitted personally bearing some responsibility for the attack — one of several reasons why the select committee on January 6 wants to hear from the House’s top Republican.

McCarthy shared the details of his conversation with Trump in a little-noticed local radio interview done a week after the insurrection, in which McCarthy said he supported a committee to investigate the attack and supported censuring then-President Trump. While McCarthy made similar comments about supporting censure and a bipartisan commission in other places around the same time, the radio interview — in which McCarthy has harsh words for Trump and strongly condemns the violent attack — provides yet another example of how the California Republican has shifted his tone in the year since the insurrection.

It will be difficult for McCarthy to spin the comments, except perhaps through the lens of time.

“I say he has responsibility,” McCarthy said on KERN, a local radio station in Bakersfield, California, on January 12 of last year. “He told me personally that he does have some responsibility. I think a lot of people do.”

McCarthy has long been a stanch supporter of President Trump, particularly as of late, and there is no indication at this time that the resurfacing of this interview will do much to change the former President’s impression of him.

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