Heroic DC Officer Rips Kevin McCarthy For Betraying Democracy

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House GOP leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is known for a lot of things — and forging his own path, with the ideals of democracy obviously prioritized, is definitely not among them. Rather, it’s more like a boring movie full of intraparty allegiances and gossip, ultimately circulating around unwavering allegiance to Donald Trump, who’s always whining.

McCarthy temporarily acknowledged some of the seriousness of the Capitol riot and Trump’s connection to it — and he also visited Trump at Mar-a-Lago for a photo op, voted against certifying key electoral votes despite the lack of real-world evidence promoting such a move, which directly advanced the rioters’ cause, and turned against Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) — an ardent conservative — after she continued opposing Trump’s destructiveness. McCarthy supposed her removal from party leadership in the House GOP. Michael Fanone, who was a D.C. Metropolitan Police Department officer at the time of the Capitol riot, where members of the mob pulled him into their midst and attacked, isn’t exactly a McCarthy fan. In a Rolling Stone profile, the now former officer, who conducted undercover work before participating in the defense of the Capitol and rising to prominence, ripped the potential next Speaker.

“I think at night, when the lights are turned off, Abe Lincoln and Ronald Reagan have some pretty choice words to say about the fact that they have to hang on Kevin McCarthy’s wall,” the former officer quipped. “They did some fucking above-average things. And they’ve got to adorn the wall of this fucking weasel bitch named Kevin McCarthy, with his fake fucking spray-on tan, whose fucking claim to fame, at least in my eyes, is the fact that he amassed a collection of Donald Trump’s favorite-flavored Starburst, put them in a Mason jar, and presented them to fucking Donald Trump. What the fuck, dude?”

Fanone’s characterization of McCarthy as essentially relentlessly deferring to Donald to extreme extents isn’t off-base. McCarthy even provides relatively consistent cover for some of the ex-president’s most demonstrably obnoxious supporters among House GOP’ers. He also advances some of Trump’s most prioritized ambitions, including by opposing investigations into the Capitol riot. McCarthy was temporarily onboard with the House January 6 committee, providing selections for the panel, until he punitively withdrew all his picks after Pelosi rejected two. He could become the next Speaker if the GOP regains control of the House. Although obviously no poll can demonstrably tell the future, polling for the midterms paints an especially close picture, suggesting the outcome of the push by both major parties for controlling the House could be very close. Just considering polling, which can certainly carry issues, the elections data and analysis site FiveThirtyEight puts odds in the race for control of the lower chamber at roughly 60/40 in favor of Republicans as of Monday.