“McCarthy is a liar and a traitor. This is outrageous. And that is really the illness that pervades the Republican leadership right now,” Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, said during a TV appearance on CNN‘s State of the Union, adding that Republicans “say one thing to the American public and something else in private.”
Her remarks came as a reaction to McCarthy’s changed stance concerning the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, after an audio of a call between him and other GOP lawmakers, dating back to January 10, 2021, was obtained and reported on by The New York Times this week.
“The only discussion I would have with him [Trump] is that I think this will pass, and it would be my recommendation you should resign,” McCarthy said in the audio reported by the Times. His remarks came in the wake of the Capitol riot when former President Donald Trump‘s supporters attempted to overturn the 2020 election results.
In another audio from January 11, 2021 that was also reported by the Times, McCarthy said of Trump: “He told me he does have responsibility for what happened. And he needs to acknowledge that.”
The Washington Post and Fox News reported Friday that the House minority leader spoke with the former president after the audio was leaked and that they remain on good terms.
In a statement posted Thursday to Twitter, McCarthy said that the Times reporting “is totally false and wrong.”
“The past year and a half have proven that our country was better off when [former] president Trump was in the White House and rather than address the real issues facing Americans, the corporate media is more concerned with profiting from manufactured political intrigue from politically-motivated sources,” he said.
My statement on the New York Times pic.twitter.com/PWi2WkoWzh— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) April 21, 2022