House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy allegedly phoned President Donald Trump after Trump incited an insurgency on Jan. 6 and begged him to call off his QAnon-drunk puppies.
Trump, defiantly responded, “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.”
Since then, McCarthy had done everything he could to express loyalty to Trump — and to Trump’s failed coup — by openly endorsing Trump’s “right” to reverse the election and voting against certifying Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
But it wasn’t enough for Trump, who obviously believes there were items the Republicans should have picked out of a hat but didn’t in order to overturn the legitimate election outcome.
McCarthy has spent the last few months openly kissing Trump’s feet rather than telling the bitter old want tobe tyrant where to stick it.
He also pretended at the end of April that his call with Trump was about Trump trying to end the Capitol riot, although it was simply the contrary.
Nonetheless, McCarthy’s theatrical submission to Trump has not been enough to appease the GOP’s rebels, who remain paranoid that McCarthy harbors reservations in his heart about the wisdom of making Trump a permanent leader of the GOP, and restore his rightful place as President.
The latest recommendation is that McCarthy remove Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., for continuing to insist that the insurgency occurred.
It’s clear to anyone watching that McCarthy is embarrassingly being bullied into submission.
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What’s even more sinister, is that it’s working.
McCarthy is now the teacher who has lost charge of his classroom, and the bullies are the victors.
Tucker Carlson, on his Fox News show Monday evening, slammed McCarthy for renting a space from GOP pollster Frank Luntz.
Carlson justified dedicating an entire segment to McCarthy’s living conditions by claiming that the “relationship gives Luntz outsized influence over the Republican Party’s policy positions,” implying that Luntz works with “left-wing corporations.”
In his typical tone of feigned indignation and surprise, Carlson raved that the two men “are not simply friends; they’re roommates.”
The fact that members of the political working spectrum from all walks of life and political realms have for years shared living spaces to better afford their lives in expensive Washington DC was, however, never brought up.
The segment, even by Carlson standards, was a stretch of truth and indignation, that would only influence an audience because they may not be aware of the commonplace living arrangements that political people have maintained for years.
But, rest assured, Carlson is quite aware, despite his lack of mentioning said arrangements, but he also is aware that portraying Luntz as left wing is a far stretch of the imagination.
Luntz is the creator of some of the most heinous right-wing communications campaigns in history, such as portraying the Affordable Care Act as a “government takeover of health care.”
Carlson isn’t truly bothered by Luntz’s “influence” on McCarthy. He did this segment well conscious that most Fox audiences are unaware that it is normal for members of Congress to rent rooms from friends in D.C., and he knows that the audience is not aware of Luntz’s politics.
McCarthy’s room that he is renting off of Luntz is actually four contiguous penthouse units totaling 7,000 square feet, implying that the “room” is more of a full apartment with “access to a 24/7 concierge, a rooftop pool, a fitness center, a television room, a business center, and a dining room with a bar and pool table.”
Carlson ignored all of this, most likely because it was an opportunity to get the term “roommates” — which remains a common euphemism in many of the red places where Carlson’s show is popular — added to McCarthy’s name on-air.
Now the GOP caucus is moving to get rid of Cheney from her leadership positions and replace her with Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y
Stefanik has been a vocal advocate of Trump’s failed takeover, even signing into a Texas case requesting that swing states that voted for Biden get their votes tossed out.
Despite his triumph over McCarthy, Carlson went for broke on Wednesday, hosting Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., on his paywall-only Fox Nation program, the channel for people who need more than with a mere 24 hours of right-wing misinformation a day.
Carlson’s decision to get Taylor Greene on was, of course, a show of solidarity for the insurgent wing, of which Taylor Greene is the most prominent participant.
Taylor Greene went on to call the majority of Congress “not qualified to be there,” claiming that they lack the skills of Taylor Greene, who inherited her building empire from her father.
These tactics expose what the Republican Party is all about in the post-Trump era, emulating Trump’s own schoolyard bully instincts to get his way. And, to be honest, that’s because Trump demonstrated that it works.
Via juvenile tactics, he was able to put the overwhelming majority of the GOP caucus to heel for five years.
Tucker Carlson and Marjorie Taylor Greene are attempting to trick everyone in the Republican Party with a sliver of conscience into believing Trump’s Big Lies: that the election was rigged and that the insurgency never took place.
It’s all about laying the groundwork for Trump to reclaim the White House, this time with the anti-democratic apparatus in place so he won’t have to admit defeat the next time he loses an election.
So, while McCarthy isn’t exactly a compassionate figure, the fact that something is working on him can make us all nervous.