When Manu Raju, of CNN, asked him why it was acceptable for him to support Trump’s efforts to annul the presidential election in Congress, but criticize Democrats for doing the same in a disputed race of the United States House in Iowa
McCarthy repeatedly rejected the idea of trying to annul the election.
“You’re saying something that’s not true,” the California Republican said when Raju claimed Trump had tried to nullify election results in Congress and McCarthy supported that effort.
McCarthy’s explanation flies in the face of reality. Trump tried to pressure Congress to cancel the election and McCarthy raised no concerns about it. He too supported a lawsuit in Texas to invalidate millions of votes
, and finally voted in favor of overthrowing the election results of two states during the voting that took place after the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.
The exchange comes as McCarthy has tried to maintain a relationship with Trump while leading a party the establishment distrusts of allowing the former president to dictate the Republican path forward. McCarthy met with Trump
in January to discuss the strategy to win the House majority in next year’s midterm elections.
Sources told CNN at the time that Trump focused his political energy on addressing Rep. Liz Cheney
of Wyoming, the third Republican in the House, who had voted for his removal earlier this month.
McCarthy declined to say whether he supported Trump’s efforts to cancel the election and did not say why he would not have spoken out against those efforts at the time if he did not support them.
“I’m not Donald Trump,” McCarthy told Raju.
McCarthy tried to argue that he was only opposed to two states, Arizona and Pennsylvania, which he said would argue that they would not have finally changed the election result. McCarthy said he was on the side of his support for the Texas lawsuit that sought to overturn the election results, and told Raju, “The answer is yes and you know why, because that’s where you’re going: in court. “.