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Rep. McCarthy Warned Fellow Republicans Were “Putting People in Jeopardy” After Jan. 6

HeadlineApr 27, 2022

The New York Times has published new audio of House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy privately saying that members of his own party were “putting people in jeopardy” by using dangerous rhetoric following the deadly January 6 insurrection. This recording is from January 10, 2021.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy: “I just got something sent now about Newsmax, something Matt Gaetz said where he’s calling people’s names out, saying an anti-Trump in this type of atmosphere, in some of the other places. This is — this is serious stuff people are doing that has to stop.”

Rep. Steve Scalise: “Mo and Louie’s comments, too, a lot of members have said some real concerning things. It’s potentially illegal, what he’s doing.”

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy: “He’s putting people in jeopardy. 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.”

That was Kevin McCarthy as well as Republican Congressmember Steve Scalise on a call with other Republican lawmakers on January 10, 2021. McCarthy would later defend the same lawmakers he privately criticized.

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