WASHINGTON – House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy claims he was unfamiliar with an extremist conspiracy theory whose supporters joined the violent assault on Congress and hunted down its members and Democrats. He says he didn’t even learn how to pronounce it.
This despite his condemnation of the same conspiracy theorists months ago.
Rep. KEVIN McCARTHY: “Q-on, I don’t know if I’m saying it right. I don’t even know what it is. “- commented Wednesday on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s defense despite her History of absurd and racist statements, some of which are consistent with QAnon’s beliefs.
THE FACTS: McCarthy knew enough about QAnon to denounce it at a politically expedient moment after the Democratic National Convention in August.
In an interview with Fox News, McCarthy was asked if he was concerned about candidates with marginal or racist views who, like Greene, had won Republican primary. He held the Republican Party as a model for dealing with such outliers.
“Let me be very clear,” he said. “There is no place for QAnon in the Republican Party. I do not support it. “
Accusing the Democrats of giving in to anti-Semitic members, McCarthy said, “I think the Democrats should learn a lesson from the Republicans and stand up against things that are un-American and wrong.”
He also said, “If a Republican Party member says something that we believe is not about Lincoln’s Party, we remove them from the committee.”
But that was not the case at all on Wednesday at a closed Republican meeting called by McCarthy. He reprimanded Greene’s views, but did not revoke her committee assignments. He then defended her by saying that she criticized QAnon at the meeting.
The House planned to vote Thursday on whether Greene should be stripped of her committee duties after McCarthy refused. In contrast, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell called her “crazy lies” Cancer in the party.
By Thursday, Greene had been defiantly unrepentant, declaring, “I will never back down.” But just before the House vote on her future, she regretted some “words from the past” without apologizing and said she did not believe some of the views she had put forward.
The Georgia Republican has expressed abundant racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Muslim views. It also launched an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that falsely suggests that the 2017 mass shooting, which killed 58 people at a Las Vegas music festival, may have been staged to instill support for gun control.
She asked if the mass murder of children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, among others in 2012, was real. She “liked” Facebook posts advocating violence against Democrats and the FBI, and came up with the idea of shooting House Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi in the head.
She once stated that the “stage is being prepared” for someone’s proposal to hang former President Barack Obama.
QAnon focuses on the core lie that top Democrats are involved in child trafficking, Satan worship, and cannibalism.
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