HU.S. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has slammed the contents of an upcoming book that chronicles his criticism of former President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The California Republican called the report “totally untrue and untrue” on Thursday.
The New York Times report on the book – written by two of the publication’s reporters and titled This Won’t Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future – McCarthy reportedly told other members of the GOP leadership that he would call on then-President Donald Trump to resign over the deadly breach.
“’What he did is unacceptable. No one can defend it and no one should defend it. I think it will pass, and I would recommend that you resign,’ McCarthy reportedly planned to tell Trump,” the report said.
Although McCarthy did not directly respond to the remarks set out in the report, he accused the book’s authors, New York Times scribes Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin, to “do everything in his power to advance a liberal agenda”. McCarthy also claimed that the authors did not ask for comments until after the book was completed.
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“The The New York Times reporting on me is totally false and misguided. It’s no surprise that the mainstream media is obsessed with doing whatever it can to advance a liberal agenda,” he said in a statement. “This promotional book tour is no different. If journalists were interested in the truth, why would they ask for comments after the book was printed?
McCarthy went on to lash out at both the Biden administration and the media, adding that “no amount of media ignorance or bias will stop Americans from delivering a clear message this fall that it’s time to to change”.
“The past year and a half has proven that our country was better off when President Trump was in the White House and rather than addressing the real issues facing Americans, the corporate media is more concerned with profiting of political intrigue fabricated from politically motivated sources. “said McCarthy.
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While McCarthy denied the New York Times repeatedly reporting and emphasizing his relationship with Trump, he publicly berated the former president in an impassioned speech in which he claimed Trump “bears responsibility” in the week following the attack.
During the second impeachment proceedings, McCarthy’s alleged comments to Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Washington Republican, following the attack also became a central part of the trial.
While McCarthy was initially critical of Trump, he realigned himself with the former president and even traveled to meet him at Mar-a-Lago in late January 2021 as part of an effort to secure his commitment to help the Republican candidates.
McCarthy is on course to become Speaker of the House if Republicans win a majority in the midterm elections.