Fox Business host Lou Dobbs tore into House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for his apparent disloyalty to former President Donald Trump.
The “Lou Dobbs Tonight” host unloaded on McCarthy after he met with Trump at his home in Florida, reportedly discussing plans on how the GOP can score victories in the 2022 midterm elections. Dobbs slammed the California Republican for “bleating for forgiveness” in Thursday’s meeting.
“The Republican Party is not only battling the radical Dems and the global elite orthodoxies of Wall Street and corporate America, but also caught in a frustrating dilemma of its own making,” Dobbs began his show Thursday.
“The GOP lost in 2020 because it refused to acknowledge and to support Donald Trump as the leader of the party and president of the United States, the most successful one-term president in history,” he added.
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“The Republican Party’s congressional leaders, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy, apparently thought they would be done with Donald Trump. They even parroted the vile lies of the radical Democrats on Capitol Hill, Schumer and Pelosi, as they blamed President Trump publicly for the riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month,” Dobbs said in his monologue, calling out the GOP leaders for their betrayal.
Just ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden, then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered stunning remarks on the Senate floor accusing Trump of provoking the violent crowd that beset the U.S. Capitol on January 6. McConnell stabbed Trump in the back on the president’s final full day in office, saying he “provoked” the “mob” with lies about the election.
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Dobbs had also called out McCarthy earlier this month after he claimed that Trump “bears responsibility” for the riot, asking “what in the world is Congressman McCarthy thinking?”
“Shame on those two RINOs,” Dobbs said Thursday.
“A week later Kevin McCarthy — sensing his position was untenable — walked back his statements or tried to,” he added, referring to the lawmaker’s trip to meet with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach less than two weeks after the House impeached Trump for the second time.
“But the damage has been done. The scars will be lasting. And McCarthy was not qualified to lead Republicans in the House, and he is, in all likelihood – despite his meeting with former President Trump – not long for it. And with his job in the balance, the House Minority Leader met with the former president today at Mar-a-Lago,” Dobbs said as Fox News correspondent Phil Keating reported from Florida.
“The meeting this afternoon between the former president and the House Minority Leader is said to have gone very cordially and also very, very well. Trump also pledged during their lunch meeting that he would work with McCarthy to help Republicans regain control of the House in 2022,” Keating reported.
Trump’s camp releases this photo from his meeting with McCarthy today pic.twitter.com/uJaA2FN5a0
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 28, 2021
While the private meeting between the two reportedly went very well, Trump has apparently not spoken to McConnell for some time.
McConnell, unlike McCarthy, hasn’t spoken to Trump in months. They haven’t spoken since Dec. 15
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 28, 2021
Keating reported that it was possible McCarthy “agreed to the lunch to get back in the good graces of Trump after publicly holding him responsible for the deadly Capitol attack” and as the GOP weighs how it will move forward in the post-Trump era.
“Today’s meeting could certainly mean that the House Minority Leader feels Trump still holds a lot of sway in the Republican Party,” Keating noted.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel would not commit to the GOP backing Trump if he decided to run again in 2024, telling the Associated Press Wednesday that the “party has to stay neutral.”
During a conference call on Wednesday, McCarthy reportedly admonished his Republican colleagues over infighting, telling them to “cut that crap out” and focus on winning back power in 2022.
Dobbs had little patience for McCarthy’s maneuvers.
“Quite a statement coming from a man who took on the leader of the Republican Party and did so without so much as batting an eye,” he concluded. “And now is bleating for forgiveness.”
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