Can House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Overcome His Very Bad Week? [VIDEO]

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is facing widespread criticism within the Republican Party and conservative media over recently revealed comments in which he said he believed President Donald Trump should resign and wished that tech companies would suspend GOP representatives from their platforms.

McCarthy initially denied making the comments, reported on by Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns of The New York Times. In response, the two reporters released several recordings of a Jan. 10, 2021 phone call between McCarthy, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, then-Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer showing McCarthy’s remarks.

McCarthy and Scalise named several House Republicans, including Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz and Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, as potentially inciting violence.

“Tension is too high, the country is too crazy. I don’t want to look back and think we caused something or we missed something and someone got hurt,” McCarthy said.

The GOP leader also floated stripping Brooks of his committee assignments, although he ultimately declined to do so. Brooks is running to replace Republican Sen. Richard Shelby.

Brooks declined to weigh in on McCarthy’s remarks, citing the fact that he will not be in the House of Representatives after the end of the current term.

“That’s going to be up to the members of the House in January of 2023,” he told The Dispatch. “I will not be in the House in January 2023. … So I will leave that issue to those who will be here.”

Gaetz, on the other hand, has repeatedly ripped into McCarthy, while appearing to suggest that Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan should be Speaker of the House should Republicans take back the lower chamber.

Jordan “is the hardest working and most talented member of the Republican House Conference. And every member knows it,” he tweeted on Saturday.

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