McCarthy, McConnell and the rot in the Trump Republican Party

There is a rot in the heart of the Republican Party, and neither the party nor the country will heal until it is eliminated.

Here comes the latest proof of that malice in a New York Times report on the January 6 uprising and how the leaders of the GOP Congress responded soon after. The shock and revulsion reflected in their words and actions present a stark contrast to today’s party line, which essentially amounts to moving forward, nothing to see here.

The article, published Thursday, reported that Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy and his Senate counterpart, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, told associates they believed President Trump was responsible for inciting the attack on the Capitol. He also said the two promised to kick him out of politics.

“I had it with this guy,” McCarthy allegedly told a group of Republican leaders, saying he would advise Trump that he would be impeached and that he should step down. The article said McCarthy even considered ways to invoke the 25th Amendment, forcing Trump’s removal, before concluding it was not viable.

pity It seems that only after weighing political calculations and analyzing personal interests did McCarthy and McConnell shrink from saying and doing the right thing.

McCarthy categorically denied the New York Times account. “Totally untrue and wrong,” the Bakersfield Republican said, although hours later it was heard over an audiotape transmission on MSNBC saying that Trump would likely be impeached and should resign.

McConnell did not comment.

But there is ample evidence, starting with McCarthy’s own statement in the courtroom, to document his shyness, his change of mind and his rush, after condemning the president, to get back under Trump’s control.

“The president is responsible for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mafia rioters,” McCarthy said bluntly and unequivocally days after the riot. But within weeks – after the anti-Trump backlash McCarthy and others had prepared for didn’t materialize – he had returned to Mar-a-Lago on his knees.

McConnell, who delivered a red-hot speech in the hall calling the former president “morally responsible” for the attack on Congress, later said he would support Trump if he became the 2024 GOP presidential candidate.

Time and distance may have clouded the memories, so this is it it is worth remembering what happened on January 6, 2021.

An illegal mob created by Trump’s relentless and irresponsible lies has resorted to violence in a fruitless effort to scare Congress by overturning it the net result of the presidential election in November 2020.

You may not like the fact that Joe Biden won, or the result of any election, for that matter. You may disagree with one or all of a party’s political positions.

However, in our system of government, these differences are resolved through elections. This, more than anything else, is the basis of our democracy. The voluntary and peaceful transfer of power is everything.

This is what was stormed on January 6 and why McConnell and McCarthy, among so many others, flinched back. The visceral horror they felt at these events and the shocked disgust they turned to the orchestrator of the uprising, the president of the United States, were eloquent.

Their obvious change of heart is also significant.

McConnell, who has repeatedly proved himself as politically shrewd as he is ruthless, suggested that it was, as always, a question of keeping his power.

“I failed to be the leader by voting with five people at the conference,” the New York Times said, explaining why there was in principle no removal of Trump if that meant separating from the majority of Senate Republicans.

McCarthy’s motivation is equally clear. He wants to become Speaker of the House. His chances aren’t just based on solid November turnout a unified Republican Party but, above all, remain in the good graces of the Trump acolytes who will need the votes to become leader if, as seems likely, the GOP takes control in January.

The fact that politicians say one thing and do another is hardly revealing.

What is repugnant about the blatant deception of McCarthy, McConnell and many others at the mercy of Trump is that they know better than to believe the lies he keeps spreading. (Some acknowledge this privately.)

They see the damage it has done, and continues to do, with its persistent devaluation of the truth and the campaign to undermine future elections. Over and over, Trump has proven that his interests begin and end with himself.

Even though McCarthy and McConnell backed out, Republicans should carry out the actions they would have prescribed when January 6 was still crude: making sure that Trump is forever kept out of elected office.

Power at any cost is a high price to pay and is bankrupting the GOP. It also hurts our country.