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Trump Says Kevin McCarthy Has an ‘Inferiority Complex’ and That’s Why He Dared to Criticize Trump After the Capitol Riots
Of course, Trump feels like everyone is inferior to him.
After the events of January 6, 2021, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was critical of former President Donald Trump. Not just because Trump literally incited the riot that day — and was later impeached a second time for that — but because he thought Trump should simply resign, regardless of the time left in his term following the 2020 election.
Although he attempted to deny he’d done so, reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns of the New York Times provided an audio recording of McCarthy telling Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney that he planned to tell Trump to resign.
Trump, however, completely dismissed McCarthy’s complaints. When asked about his conversations with the Minority Leader, he insisted he’d had no clashes with McCarthy over the phone during the riot.
The authors asked him why McCarthy would publicly claim that he was tougher with him in private than he actually had been. Trump gave a two-word response: “Inferiority complex.”
Despite McCarthy running away from his tough-guy routine, the reporters released even more audio earlier this week that detailed McCarthy saying that some Republicans like Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz were “putting people in jeopardy” due to their behavior after January 6th.
Gaetz was none too pleased:
Gaetz: I mean I don’t know if Kevin McCarthy is in line to be Speaker. I don’t know if the guy could get an account on Truth Social at this point… This notion that you can have these sniveling calls… is not fitting of leadership pic.twitter.com/lPGSJjU0cN
— Acyn (@Acyn) April 28, 2022
But Trump is suffering no blowback over his comments, while McCarthy is getting criticized by the entire party, for different reasons. Extremist Republicans think McCarthy shouldn’t be Speaker (should they win back the House), while more moderate conservatives are angry that he’s been denying having criticized Trump to begin with.
The “center” Republicans are standing behind McCarthy since they did largely the same thing: Privately criticizing Trump while trying to maintain an appearance of loyalty.