We have all read the headline regarding Kevin McCarthy discussing the 25th Amendment, a demand that Trump resign, and the fact that McCarthy believed Pence shouldn’t pardon Trump. These are the headlines, and rightly so. The strength of the statements, the fear in McCarthy’s voice, the candor and lack of a political veneer – all of it brings us back to the immediacy felt in those first few days when the country appreciated what just happened, the entire country. But McCarthy also said something applicable to issues with immediate impact now. He said he wished Twitter would throw a few more of his members off.
In so saying, McCarthy turns the volume way down on the MAGA primal scream about Twitter “cancellations” being nothing but censorship of conservatives views. His comment affirms that Twitter merely enforces policies that result in harm reduction. When one uses Twitter to enflame, hate, and incite, that person becomes a danger, and McCarthy knew it that day and surely still knows.
This is the statement that may threaten McCarthy’s hopes for the Speaker’s gavel over his anger at Trump, which one can always ascribe to “panic” or simply “musing,” and over time, it has all been worked out. The same cannot be said of McCarthy’s comment about Twitter. It openly acknowledges that the problems come from those on the hard right. We will come back to the problem but first from Politico:
One senior House Republican aide told us Thursday night that there’s already some grumbling among the rank and file over a report by Burns and Martin that McCarthy wanted to get some of his own members kicked off Twitter — and you can expect that to dominate GOP conversations when lawmakers return to Capitol Hill next week. (On MSNBC, J-Mart teased that they have audio of McCarthy saying this, too.)
How very typically Republican-MAGA. An insurrection occurs that threatens McCarthy’s life (and many others), and yet the anger will be about a throwaway comment about wishing Twitter would kick some others off.
Critically, there is one other element of that statement that we’ve not seen questioned anywhere else in the media. Was McCarthy saying that he knew or at least suspected that some members knew the insurrection was coming and perhaps played an active role in the matter? It would be odd for him to just bring it up because a few of his members annoy him. What was McCarthy really saying?
It is only worth pondering because we’ll never really know the answer unless Kevin tells us the truth. The question must be answered, and it will need to be proven by evidence from elsewhere. Conveniently, with regard to evidence, McCarthy is going to have a much more difficult time now avoiding “voluntarily” testifying before the committee. It is much harder to call it a partisan “show trial” or whatever word he last used. The tape clearly demonstrates that McCarthy knew certain facts relevant to the committee’s investigation and believed they justified the 25th Amendment.
But for now, get used to hearing a lot about Speaker Jim Jordan over the next few weeks, and, shockingly, it will likely be based upon McCarthy’s statements regarding Twitter than telling Liz Cheney that they needed to throw Trump out of office. They have normalized the attempted coup. Twitter remains a fresh wound.
Interesting that of the two people in that conversation, one holds the same views today as she did then,. She now finds herself vice-chair of the committee investigating the entire crime. Had McCarthy held to his views, he would be the Vice-Chair. Something to ponder.
Jason Miciak believes a day without learning is a day not lived. He is a political writer, features writer, author, and attorney. He is a Canadian-born dual citizen who spent his teen and college years in the Pacific Northwest and has since lived in seven states. He now enjoys life as a single dad of a young girl, writing from the beaches of the Gulf Coast. He loves crafting his flower pots, cooking, while also studying scientific philosophy, religion, and non-math principles behind quantum mechanics and cosmology. Please feel free to contact for speaking engagements or any concerns.
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