McCarthy's Rules: Punishing Truth, Rewarding Lies, Embracing Extremism & Bigotry

May 5, 2021
McCarthy Stabs Cheney in the Back and Supports Stefanik’s Bid for Conference Chair

Kevin McCarthy has time and again proven what kind of “Leader” he is: a “leader” unwilling to stand up to bigotry and other inexcusable behavior in his conference, a “leader” without a backbone or belief in truth, and a “leader” who is willing to throw our democracy under the bus if it means appeasing Trump and the far right elements of his base.  Here’s the latest from the Kevin McCarthy school of leadership:

Punishing Members who Tell the Truth: McCarthy is actively seeking to oust Liz Cheney from leadership for telling the truth about the 2020 election and the violence on January 6th.

Rewarding Members who Spread the Big Lie: McCarthy is rewarding Elise Stefanik for perpetuating the Big Lie by supporting her ascension to Conference Chair as a means of ousting Cheney.

Standing by Members who Promote Racism: McCarthy still hasn’t addressed or punished Members of his conference for perpetuating white nationalism, white supremacy, dangerous conspiracy theories, and more.

Even the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board is calling out McCarthy for his choice to defend the Big Lie and throw Cheney to the wolves:

Purging Liz Cheney: GOP leaders shouldn’t have to lie about 2020 to keep their job.

“[O]n Tuesday Axios caught House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on a hot mic saying “I’ve had it with her.”  But Mr. McCarthy knows Ms. Cheney is right.  The election wasn't stolen, yet Mr. Trump wants an endorsement of his stolen claim to be a litmus test for every Republican candidate.  He’s the one who wants to refight his losing campaign.

The better part of political prudence would be for Ms. Cheney to ignore Mr. Trump.  But Mr. Trump won’t ignore her.  He issued four statements on Monday and three of the four were attacks on fellow Republicans, including one on Ms. Cheney.  She may be ousted because she is daring to tell the truth to GOP voters[.]”

Despite the WSJ’s appeal to McCarthy and the GOP, it appears there is no place in the GOP for leaders unwilling to lie about the 2020 election and kowtow to Donald TrumpIn McCarthy’s Republican Conference, the line in the sand isn’t white supremacy, it’s defending the integrity of our elections and the ideal member of leadership isn’t someone who tells the truth, it’s someone willing to promote the Big Lie to get ahead.