House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy made blunt statements about what Congress will look like if Republicans win a majority in the midterm elections next November. He said he would level the playing field with Democrats who, taking advantage of their majority, have punished some Republicans disproportionately.
McCarthy’s statements to Breitbart on Monday, Jan. 10, generated a wave of serious concerns in the Democratic leadership, particularly because he promised to remove certain representatives from their respective committees, something the Democrats did to punish some Republicans.
“The Democrats have created a new thing where they’re picking and choosing who can be on committees,” McCarthy said. “Never in the history [of Congress] have you had the majority tell the minority who can be on committee.” The last part of the commentary refers to the Jan. 6 select committee, in which Pelosi rejected McCarthy’s nominees and only assigned two Republicans—both anti-Trump—with six Democrats.
Last year, Republican Marjorie Green Taylor was stripped of all her committees for comments and postings she made before becoming a congresswoman.
McCarthy sought to negotiate with Democrats not to switch her out of committees, claiming that the Georgia representative had repented for things she wrote in the past.
Taylor publicly apologized for her comments, however, all Democrats plus 11 Republicans voted to remove her from all committees.
In another instance, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar posted on his Twitter account a video of a Japanese anime “Attack on the Titan” where he and other Republicans kill a monster with the face of socialist Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortés and faced down another one with President’s Biden face.
Because of this, Gosar was also stripped of his committees, and Nancy Pelosi even called for a criminal investigation into the representative.
Both Greene and Gosar are loyal to Donald Trump’s leadership.
In contrast, when the FBI notified California Representative Eric Swalwell, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, that a Chinese woman he was personally involved with turned out to be a Chinese Communist Party spy, there was no fallout.
McCarthy pointed out how Democrats used different standards for members of his party and Republicans. He gave the examples of Adam Schiff, the intelligence committee chairman who led one of the impeachments against Trump, and Ilhan Omar serving on the foreign relations committee despite repeatedly making anti-Semitic comments.
“You look at Adam Schiff—he should not be serving on Intel when he has openly, knowingly now used a fake dossier, lied to the American public in the process and doesn’t have any ill will [and] says he wants to continue to do it. We’re going to reshape—think about what happened in Afghanistan. Why did Afghanistan collapse so fast? Was the Intel Committee under Adam Schiff focused on impeachment and not on the safety of America? Why are people coming across the border that are on a terrorist watch list? What are they doing about it?”
During a select committee session investigating the Jan. 6 incidents, Adam Schiff was caught modifying a text message between Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, Trump’s former chief of staff that was sent before Jan. 6, 2021.
Schiff cut the message in half, attempting to show that, between Republicans in the House and Trump officials, they had literally tried to invalidate the election result illegally.
Reaction from the Democrats
Adam Schiff’s office responded to McCarthy’s criticism, accusing him of lying and being loyal to Trump, “It is always difficult to take Kevin McCarthy seriously. Nevertheless, allowing McCarty to get anywhere near the Speaker’s gavel would be catastrophic—not just because of his propensity for falsehoods and smears, but because he will exist solely to do Donald Trump’s bidding—even potentially overturning the 2024 results.”
If Republicans win the House majority in the November elections, McCarthy would become Speaker of the House, the post currently held by Nancy Pelosi.