It seems he took one step too many near the crazy cliff. The man got down on his knees and “walked” all the way down to Mar-a-Lago to beg the forgiveness of his errant, cruel master. Okay, maybe not literally. But even after the big man tried to kill him and his cohorts, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) pleaded with the ex-president for a pardon. True. That is how badly, he wants to be Speaker of the House. And what kind of Speaker would he be?
McCarthy would be a mere puppet of Donald Trump. He would fill the House’s committees with the former president’s dancing flunkeys. Then, he would try to take down the ex’s “enemies.”
He would begin to blow up any company that complied with the House January 6 Select Committee’s requests for phone and other records. Imagine that world. That is why we need to pass both Senate voting rights bills. That is why we need to vote McCarthy out of office entirely.
McCarthy released a statement that read like his boss’ bullying menace, according to Yahoo News:
‘If these companies comply with the Democrat order to turn over private information, they are in violation of federal law and subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States.’
‘If companies still choose to violate federal law, a Republican majority will not forget and will stand with Americans to hold them fully accountable under the law.’
It seems that the Committee requested phone records and other data from the devices of a number of people, some of those in Congress. McCarthy warned the big telecommunications and other companies to stand down against that request.
Thursday evening the host of MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes read the minority leader’s statement. Then he asked the Intelligence Committee Chair and member of the Select Committee Adam Schiff (D-CA) for his response. The California representative’s replied:
‘Well, it’s a threat and it’s a threat premised on a falsehood, that somehow asking these companies to preserve records or ultimately to turn over records of people involved in an insurrection is somehow against the law.’
‘That’s just flat wrong. But McCarthy, look, he’s scared and I think his boss [Donald Trump] is scared. They didn’t want this commission and this select committee to go forward.’
Then, Schiff spoke of a member in McCarthy’s Republican caucus, i,e, freshman Representative Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) who avidly continues the Big Lie, that the 2020 election was stolen from the ex-POTUS:
‘The last thing Kevin McCarthy wants to do is take on these rabble-rousers in his conference because frankly they represent Donald Trump.’
‘And Kevin McCarthy lives to do whatever Donald Trump wants. But he is trying to threaten these companies, and it shows yet again why this man, Kevin McCarthy can never be allowed to go anywhere near the Speaker’s office.’
Now, why would Cawthorn speak so vehemently for the Big Lie? He has begun to openly urge Trumpicans to begin a second Civil War, according to The Vanity Fair:
‘If our election systems continue to be rigged and continue to be stolen, then it’s gonna lead to one place and that’s bloodshed.’
‘And I will tell you: As much as I am willing to defend our liberty at all costs, there’s nothing that I would dread doing more than having to pick up arms against a fellow American. And the way that we can have recourse against that is if we all passionately demand that we have election security in all 50 states.’