Kevin McCarthy Asked About His Deleted Soros Tweet After Condemning Ilhan Omar on Fox News


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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had to answer for old charges of anti-semitism on Wednesday as he and other Republicans continue railing against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and her controversial comments. In an interview with Fox News’ Harris Faulkner, McCarthy argued that Omar’s recent apology is not enough, and she ought to be pulled from the House Foreign Affairs Committee for saying Republican support for Israel is rooted in their financial backing by pro-Israeli groups. As McCarthy slammed Congressional Democrats for not taking further action against Omar, Harris brought up an old, deleted tweet of McCarthy’s that’s been getting a lot of renewed attention amid the Omar scandal. Back in 2018, McCarthy raised eyebrows when he accused three Jewish Democrat megadonors – George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, and Tom Steyer – of trying to “buy” the midterm elections. That message was posted while Steyer and Soros were being targeted Continue reading "Kevin McCarthy Asked About His Deleted Soros Tweet After Condemning Ilhan Omar on Fox News"

Dem Congressman Condemns Colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar For ‘Hateful and Offensive Tropes’


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Rep. Ilhan Omar is facing criticism for a tweet — in which she called out the influence of the pro-Israel lobby on American politicians — that some have deemed anti-Semitic. The freshman Minnesota Democrat was commenting on Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who threatened to punish her and another Muslim lawmaker for pushing anti-Israel rhetoric. Replying to a tweet from journalist Glenn Greenwald, Omar suggested — with a Bad Boy reference — that certain U.S. politicians are pro-Israel because of financial influence. Omar continued tweeting in the face of widespread criticism, even retweeting and then deleting a post which accused her of anti-Semitism. In a subsequent tweet, she said “AIPAC” was where such financial influence came from. Omar has already fielded Continue reading "Dem Congressman Condemns Colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar For ‘Hateful and Offensive Tropes’"

Kevin McCarthy Sputters on Claim Trump Put People Before Politics After Chuck Todd’s Three Word Response


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When House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) tried to claim that Donald Trump “put the American people before politics” by ending the Trump shutdown on Friday, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd shut him down with three simple words. On Sunday’s edition of NBC News’ Meet the Press, Todd pointed out that Trump ended the shutdown worse off than he began it. “On day one of the shutdown, the president had a deal in front of him that was essentially a continuing resolution for three weeks, no wall. That’s the deal he agreed to on day 35,” Todd said. “What was accomplished?” McCarthy complained about Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for not making a deal on Trump’s border wall, and said “I give President Trump a lot of credit. He put the American people before politics… “After 35 days,” Todd interrupted. “No, he did…” McCarthy began, before Continue reading "Kevin McCarthy Sputters on Claim Trump Put People Before Politics After Chuck Todd’s Three Word Response"

Steve King Bashes McCarthy, Liz Cheney After House Condemnation: What Gives Her the ‘Moral Authority’ to Criticize Me?


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In a radio interview on KXFN-AM out of St. Louis, Rep. Steve King (R-IA), on Tuesday, discussed the move by House Republicans to strip him of committee assignments over his recent remarks about white supremacy and nationalism, quoted in the New York Times. King attacked the GOP over the decision, while also claiming many secretly agree with him. The lengthy interview conducted by host Ed Martin is available in full here. In the full interview, he states again that his remarks were misrepresented. Of House minority leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who led the stripping of committee seats, King said that “he decided he’s going to believe The New York Times over Steve King, and that’s a fact.” Martin, in the shorter clip above, calls the actions of the GOP an example of “the swamp,” and said that King has a record of “supporting decreasing the amount of immigration, Continue reading "Steve King Bashes McCarthy, Liz Cheney After House Condemnation: What Gives Her the ‘Moral Authority’ to Criticize Me?"

Kevin McCarthy Appears to Swipe at Paul Ryan When Asked Why GOP Never Punished Steve King


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House minority leader Kevin McCarthy was asked the million dollar question reporters: why hasn’t Rep. Steve King been punished before for his racist rhetoric? King, an Iowa Republican, has been condemned by party leadership, booted from all committees, and rebuked in a resolution after he asked why terms like “white supremacist” are considered offensive in an interview with the New York Times last week. Here’s the thing: King has a long history of stoking racial animus and supporting white nationalists. In a new story out Wednesday, the Times reported on how the GOP “overlooked Mr. King’s history of racist remarks and divisive conduct” and allowed him to serve nine terms in Congress. When reporters asked McCarthy why King was only being punished now, he replied: “Have I been leader for years?” McCarthy is the new top Republican in the House, having taken over from Paul Ryan — the now Continue reading "Kevin McCarthy Appears to Swipe at Paul Ryan When Asked Why GOP Never Punished Steve King"

Kevin McCarthy Says ‘Action Will Be Taken’ Against Steve King Over Comments About White Supremacy


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Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke out forcefully against Steve King‘s latest controversial comments in an interview on Sunday, promising that “action will be taken” against the Republican congressman from Iowa. King — who boasts a history of racist rhetoric and support for white nationalists — questioned in an interview with the New York Times last week why terms like “white supremacist” are considered offensive. “Should there be action against Congressman King?” CBS News anchor Margaret Brennan asked McCarthy on Face the Nation. “That language has no place in America,” McCarthy said. “That is not the America I know, and it’s most definitely not the party of Lincoln.” McCarthy said he’s having a meeting with King on Monday — and made sure to swipe at Democrats for not taking action against their own lawmakers when they make controversial remarks. (No Democrat, it should be noted, has Continue reading "Kevin McCarthy Says ‘Action Will Be Taken’ Against Steve King Over Comments About White Supremacy"

Laura Ingraham: The Anonymous WH Official Trying To Thwart Trump’s Agenda ‘Could Be Traitorous’


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On Wednesday night, Laura Ingraham weighed in on the anonymous op-ed published in The New York Times written by a senior official in the White House. The author, who The New York Times revealed in a tweet was a male, said he is part of a resistance movement within the White House in order undermine President Donald Trump. “That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office,” the anonymous staffer wrote. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) began by calling the author a “coward.” “The idea that this person has a taxpayer’s job somewhere in the government, is supposed to be serving the president, who the taxpayers elected,  but he or she is such an elitist that they know better than the voters, that they are protecting the Continue reading "Laura Ingraham: The Anonymous WH Official Trying To Thwart Trump’s Agenda ‘Could Be Traitorous’"

Nancy Pelosi Mocks GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy for Not Knowing How Twitter Works


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On Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi mocked House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for not knowing how Twitter works. On August 17, amid growing talk of conservative censorship on social media outlets, McCarthy posted this: That prompted Pelosi or a member of her social media team to suggest that maybe before crying censorship, the GOP leader should adjust his Twitter settings. “Rather than adjust his Twitter settings, Kevin McCarthy chooses to perpetuate an outrageous conspiracy theory. Shows he sadly doesn’t know how to use the platform. That’s insane,” the tweet read.

Kevin McCarthy Demands Twitter Ban House Candidate Who Called Melania Trump a ‘Hoebag’


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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) called on Twitter to ban a candidate running for Congress who referred to First lady Melania Trump as a “hoebag” in a tweet. The House candidate in question is Mark Roberts, an Independent running to represent Oregon. He has a very bizarre Twitter presence, where he refers to himself as a “superfan” of television personality Andy Cohen. “Did you know the First Lady works by the hour? #thinkdirty #hoebag,” Roberts wrote on Monday. He followed that up with a few more tweets disparaging Melania Trump, and others begging Andy Cohen to retweet him. McCarthy, who is running to replace Paul Ryan as House Speaker, called on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to ban Continue reading "Kevin McCarthy Demands Twitter Ban House Candidate Who Called Melania Trump a ‘Hoebag’"

GOP Strategist: McCarthy ‘Disqualified Himself’ for House Speaker With ‘Disgraceful’ Claims on Sunday Shows


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On Sunday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) dodged questions from CNN’s Dana Bash about President Donald Trump‘s inconsistent and ever-evolving statements about the infamous Trump Tower meeting. The Republican leader, who really, really wants to be Speaker of the House was ultimately scolded by Bash for parroting “talking points” instead of answering questions and refusing to “answer the question about the lies.” McCarthy’s lack of pushback, though, did not sit well with GOP strategist Steve Schmidt, who told MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt that McCarthy’s apparent “servility” to Trump actually disqualifies him from the Speaker job he covets so much. “It gives me no pleasure to say this. I’ve known Kevin McCarthy for a long time and I consider him a friend. But he disqualified himself for the Speakership of the House,” Schmidt said. “At the end of the day, if one of the parties wants to Continue reading "GOP Strategist: McCarthy ‘Disqualified Himself’ for House Speaker With ‘Disgraceful’ Claims on Sunday Shows"

CNN’s Dana Bash Presses Top GOP Rep. on Trump Tower Statement: Are You Concerned About the Lies?


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CNN’s Dana Bash spoke with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy this morning and immediately confronted him over the latest developments from the Trump legal team. The letter they wrote to Robert Mueller says that the President did, in fact, dictate the now-infamous Don Jr. statement on the Trump Tower meeting, despite statements from Jay Sekulow and the White House last year denying his involvement. Bash asked McCarthy, “Are you bothered by the fact that the White House lied about the President’s involvement here?” McCarthy’s immediate response was to talk about how the Mueller probe has gone on for over a year, the White House has been cooperation, and there is no collusion. Bash called out his “talking points” and asked again. McCarthy again insisted there was no collusion and pointed to the Trump administration’s agenda and accomplishments. Finally Bash told him “you don’t want to answer the question about Continue reading "CNN’s Dana Bash Presses Top GOP Rep. on Trump Tower Statement: Are You Concerned About the Lies?"

Colbert Hits Trump Over Starbursts: Prefers Some Colors Over Others… ‘Like His Immigration Policy’


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On Monday night, Stephen Colbert mocked President Trump’s reported relationship with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). A report from The Washington Post revealed that Trump and McCarthy have gotten so close over the past year that the president refers to the congressman as “my Kevin.” “‘My Kevin?’ According to donut rules, that means Trump licked him!” Colbert quipped. The Late Show host then brought up how they reportedly bonded over Starbursts on Air Force One and that McCarthy had sent Trump a jar of just the red and pink Starbursts, which were the president’s favorites. “Oh, so Trump likes some colors more than others… just like his immigration policy,” he quipped. Colbert referred to McCarthy’s attempts to “shamelessly ingratiate” himself to the president as “McCarthyism,” and then blasted the two of them for the most “disturbing detail” from the report: “they both like to talk a Continue reading "Colbert Hits Trump Over Starbursts: Prefers Some Colors Over Others… ‘Like His Immigration Policy’"

Kevin McCarthy Had Staffer Sort Through Starbursts and Pull Out Strawberry and Cherry Ones For Trump


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It appears that one of the most powerful Republicans on the Hill has endeared himself to President Donald Trump via the president’s taste in candy. According to the Washington Post, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy noticed last fall that POTUS really digs cherry and strawberry Starbursts, as he saw Trump only pick out those flavors while digging through a bunch of candies. Therefore, McCarthy decided to have a member of his staff go through a whole bunch of Starbursts so he could present the president with a present. Via the Post:
Days later, the No. 2 Republican in the House — known for his relentless cultivation of political alliances — bought a plentiful supply of Starbursts and asked a staffer to sort through the pile, placing only those two flavors in a jar. McCarthy made sure his name was on the side of the gift, which was delivered Continue reading "Kevin McCarthy Had Staffer Sort Through Starbursts and Pull Out Strawberry and Cherry Ones For Trump"

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Gets Emotional While Talking About Steve Scalise


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Hours after the shooting at a Virginia baseball field where Republican lawmakers were practicing, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy provided some details about the incident. And he also got a bit emotional while talking about one of the victims, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. After explaining that the House will be taking the rest of the day off and praising Capitol Hill police for their actions in taking down the shooter while also trying to protect those on the field, McCarthy was then asked how he felt emotionally. “Well, you know, my prayers go out — I’ve known Steve way back, we’re Republicans together, long before we ever served together,” McCarthy said, his voice trailing off as he fought back tears. And with Continue reading "House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Gets Emotional While Talking About Steve Scalise"

Kevin McCarthy is Spending His House Recess As a Weatherman


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House majority leader Kevin McCarthy took some time out of his busy schedule avoiding constituents to stop by his local news station and deliver a weather report. The Republican lawmaker joined Aaron Perlman on Eyewitness News Tuesday morning, during the House recess, and the two bantered about humidity. McCarthy then delivered a weather report on his home state California, and the congressman discussed local ice cream shop Dewar’s with Perlman. McCarthy made sure to advise constituents to “stay out of the river,” due to rising waters. “Sometimes you live in D.C., sometimes you live in Kern County, and you still know what’s happening in your own area. That’s a good congressman,” Perlman said. “I’m always checking the weather!” McCarthy replied. [image via screengrab]

Evan McMullin Suspected to Be Source Who Leaked McCarthy’s Joke About Russia Paying Trump


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evan mcmullin An internal investigation by congressional Republicans into the surreptitious recording and leak of comments made by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has reportedly zeroed in on a suspect: former CIA officer and “Never Trump” presidential candidate Evan McMullin. According to The Hill, unnamed sources close to the investigation say House GOP leadership is currently considering whether the leaker could be charged under either Federal statutes or internal House rules. The recording was made at a closed-door leadership summit in 2016. In the leaked audio, McCarthy can be heard saying: “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump. Swear to God.” Initial uncertainty as to whether McCarthy was being serious or not led to a miniature political scandal and major media frenzy. The inquiry, however, is not simply limited to the domestic fallout from McCarthy’s statement. The Hill notes:
“Leaders are also trying to figure out whether Continue reading "Evan McMullin Suspected to Be Source Who Leaked McCarthy’s Joke About Russia Paying Trump"

Kevin McCarthy Told House Leaders in 2016: I Think Putin Pays Trump


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Kevin McCarthy Rep. Kevin McCarthy reportedly told fellow GOP leaders during a meeting last year that he thought Donald Trump was being paid by Russian president Vladimir Putin, in audio obtained by The Washington Post. From the Post report:
A month before Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, one of his closest allies in Congress — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy — made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill with his fellow GOP leaders: that Trump could be the beneficiary of payments from Russian President Vladimir Putin. “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, according to a recording of the June 15, 2016 exchange, which was listened to and verified by The Washington Post.
Dana Rohrabacher, “Putin’s favorite congressman” who was once under consideration for Trump’s secretary of state, has a odd history of vehemently defending the Russian Continue reading "Kevin McCarthy Told House Leaders in 2016: I Think Putin Pays Trump"

BREAKING: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Says Health Care Vote to Take Place Tomorrow


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congress It appears the Republican health care bill will finally come to a floor vote in the house. Speaking with reporters on Wednesday evening, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy confirmed that a vote on health care is scheduled for Thursday: The outcome would appear to still be very much up in the air. Politico reports that 18 GOP congressmen have stated their public opposition, with dozens reportedly still on the Continue reading "BREAKING: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Says Health Care Vote to Take Place Tomorrow"

House Majority Leader Says There Are No Hillary Investigations Currently Planned


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kevin-mccarthyeditedDuring an appearance on Fox News Sunday this morning, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said that further investigations of Hillary Clinton are not currently on the House’s agenda. Host Chris Wallace pressed McCarthy on a number of Donald Trump’s campaign promises, asking whether or not he sees the President-elect delivering on them. This included a number of items such as term limits and building a border wall. Wallace then shifted to promises from Congress to continue to investigate Clinton, playing a clip of Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) saying before the election that “Congress was still going to look into it.” McCarthy said as the majority leader, he sets the agenda, and he’s going to be focused on jobs, repealing Obamacare and infrastructure.
Wallace pressed on to get a definitive answer as McCarthy started obfuscating. “I leave that portion to law enforcement,” McCarthy responded. Continue reading "House Majority Leader Says There Are No Hillary Investigations Currently Planned"

News Team Nearly Brings Justin Timberlake to Tears With Tribute Music Video


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Justin Timberlake is the king of feel-good hits, so I guess I’m vying to become the queen of feel-good media monitoring stories. Here, watch this delightful clip from Fox 5 DC, which is a station that is just as good at having fun as it is as being serious: JT’s new single “Can’t Stop the Feeling” is almost as good as his late-night show jingles, right? The crew at Fox 5 thought so, which is why they made a tribute music video to it. Here is Fox 5 entertainment reporter Kevin McCarthy at the Cannes Film Festival talking to the former boy band member about his upcoming movie, Trolls. During the interview, McCarthy showed Timberlake the video and got a priceless response: Timberlake seemed genuinely touched, remarking, “I might cry!” He was especially impressed by the moves of Allison Seymour and Holly Morris as they got down Continue reading "News Team Nearly Brings Justin Timberlake to Tears With Tribute Music Video"