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U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz responded strongly over a report detailing the contents of leaked audio in which Republican House leadership accused him of putting people’s safety in danger following the chaos at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, remarks that were seized on by Democrats in a major propaganda victory that doesn’t portray House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in a flattering light.
According to The New York Times, McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise spoke to other Republicans in a call during which they singled out Gaetz and Rep. Mo Brooks as contributing to the volatile atmosphere surrounding the so-called “insurrection,” remarks that angered Gaetz who released a blistering statement that will likely only further contribute to the distrust towards McCarthy felt by many supporters of former President Donald J. Trump.
McCarthy’s condemnation of Gaetz came after the fiery Floridian criticized anti-Trump Republicans including Rep. Liz Cheney who at the time, was a member of the party’s leadership in the House, according to The Times.
“He’s putting people in jeopardy,” McCarthy said.. “And he doesn’t need to be doing this. We saw what people would do in the Capitol, you know, and these people came prepared with rope, with everything else,” the paper reported, adding that Scalise suggested that Gaetz could be in violation of the law.
“It’s potentially illegal what he’s doing,” Scalise said, according to the Times which states that it obtained the recordings during reporting for yet another gossipy new book on the Trump White House, “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future” which will be published in early May.
Gaetz lashed out, blasting both men by name in a white-hot rebuttal that he posted to Twitter.
“Rep. McCarthy and Rep. Scalise held views about President Trump and me that they shared on sniveling calls with Liz Cheney, not us,” he wrote.
“This is the behavior of weak men, not leaders,” Gaetz added. “Folks know what I think because I tell them clearly, directly as I did when I held the largest event in Wyoming political history (without a rodeo element) days after these recordings were taken,” referring to his journey out west to campaign against the maliciously bad actor Cheney in her own state.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) April 26, 2022
“While I was protecting President Trump from impeachment, they were protecting Liz Cheney from criticism,” Gaetz continued. “They deemed it incendiary to call Liz Cheney and Kinzinger ‘Anti-Trump,’ a label both proudly advertise today.”
“On the bright side, you no longer have to be a lobbyist with a $5,000 check to know what McCarthy and Scalise really think. You just have to listen to their own words as they disparage Trump and the Republicans in Congress who fight for him,” he concluded.
Gaetz also tweeted out a link to the Fox News interview that he believes that McCarthy and Scalise were referring to, asking “Where is the threat?”
Here is a link to the interview I believe Scalise/McCarthy are referencing.
Where is the threat?https://t.co/Rtr0qBB5vC
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) April 27, 2022
House Republicans are standing by the embattled McCarthy who stands to become the next Speaker of the House if Democrats are throttled in his year’s midterms as expected and he received a standing ovation when he spoke at the House Republican Conference on Wednesday, addressing the explosive reporting of The New York Times.
GOP Rep. Jay Obernolte of California told Fox News Digital, “He addressed them and I think the conference is satisfied.”
South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace said to reporters, “Standing ovation and Kevin will be speaker,” according to the outlet.
The Times report is likely to be only one of many surprises waiting to be sprung by Democrats and their media allies as Nancy Pelosi’s sham J6 committee faces a make-or-break summer and will desperately need to put out a smokescreen to divert voters from the colossal failure of the party to govern, a tough task with Americans facing a reminder of their failed policies every time that they pull into a gas station.
It would really take a lot to muck up the midterms for Republicans though and McCarthy remains favored to snatch the mighty gavel from Madame Speaker.
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