Two of The New York Times reporters appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show to show they have the goods on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). They have ‘a lot more’ tapes to back up the Republican minority leader’s anger at Donald Trump after the January 6 failed coup.
Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin said that after the attempted insurrection, McCarthy blasted Donald Trump to the point of requesting that he step down. But when the media spoke to him, the minority leader denied ever saying those words, according to The Daily Beast.
“I would just say for the book-buying audience out there, for people who work in politics: This is only the start,” said Martin, whose co-bylined report Thursday is derived from the upcoming book This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future. “We have captured some of the most intimate and sensitive conversations in the extraordinary period following Jan. 6 on tape. And there is much more to come between now and when the book is out on May 3.”
Unfortunately for him, Burns and Martin have the tapes of him saying otherwise. Their book, This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future, will be released on May 3.
The reporters focused on the phone call where the minority leader actually told Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) he would tell the former president he should quit because otherwise he would be impeached and forced out of office that way.
Then, Martin said that “this is only the start:”
‘I would just say for the book-buying audience out there, for people who work in politics: This is only the start. We have captured some of the most intimate and sensitive conversations in the extraordinary period following Jan. 6 on tape. And there is much more to come between now and when the book is out on May 3.’
‘It really does appear to not be the truth for Mr. McCarthy.’
Burns replied to her, noting Maddow was “pretty diplomatic:”
‘Well, that’s a pretty diplomatic way of putting it, Rachel. It was a totally bogus denial, as your audience just heard. And I think that what this moment captures, in addition to everything Jonathan just said, and what this tape in particular captures, is just the staggering gulf between what Republican leaders say about Donald Trump in public, and to his face, and what they will say about him in private.’
Then, Maddow asked the reporters about McCarthy’s comments to have some of his cohorts’ social media accounts suspended. Martin replied:
‘That is correct, and we have a lot more on tape from this period, which is at the highest levels of American politics. It is sensitive, it is delicate, and it is high stakes. We have it all on tape, and it’s going to—I think—tell a very different story about this period than the story that many people are trying to tell right now.’
The Wall Street Journal’s conservative Peggy Noonan reviewed the book for Amazon and wrote:
‘What an account of these extraordinary times. Martin and Burns deliver reporting from deep inside both parties with fresh facts and new details on nearly every page about a political system pushed to the brink. When future historians chronicle this time of crisis they will turn to this book as a deeply valuable account of our all too human leaders.’
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