McCarthy Straightens CNN Up Over Trump’s Challenge Of 2020 Election Results

Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) confronted CNN over its skewered coverage against former President Donald Trump and destroyed Democrats’ favorite talking point regarding Trump’s challenge of the 2020 election results.

McCarthy laid down his accusation during an interview on CNN’s “Inside Politics” with reporter Manu Raju. weighing in on Trump’s conviction, he said, “Is it a good idea that Donald Trump is the nominee? The answer is 100 percent yes. Will Donald Trump win this presidency? The answer is yes. And it’s interesting.”

“I was watching the earlier part of your show and I get it. The verdict has just come in, and the question is, should it even have gone to trial? The majority of Americans understand that if Donald Trump did not run for president, this never would even gone to trial,” he added.

The former House speaker went on to list problems he had with the case, including perceived bias on the part of the prosecution, as he pointed out Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg brought up the case after the previous DA refused to bring it up. He alsno noted that the DOJ is not bringing charges against Trump on a federal level over the case and the FEC is not making a move either.

With the case, McCarthy believes that “Democrats have overplayed their hand.”

“And it happens in world history when someone persecutes a political enemy simply because they’re political enemy, it usually backfires on them and it creates a movement,” he continued.

Raju tried to make a point out of the hush money payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during Trump’s 2016 campaign, but McCarthy shot him down, saying, “If you go with this premise that this is something illegal, what was in the law that this broke? Then you would go back and should Hillary Clinton be tried because she paid a law firm to create a fictitious Russia issue.”

When Raju retorted, “I’m not talking about Hillary Clinton,” McCarthy responded, “I know you’re not talking about that, but the American public is going to look at all this is. This isn’t just a CNN question. You’re asking what does the American public look at?”

“You had Joe Biden go out and tell the American public that the laptop wasn’t true. You had this network say a dubious, doubtful about it. I mean, people put it in perspective. Was this politically motivated that you even took him to court about this? The answer is overwhelming yes,” he said further.

Raju later suggested that Trump did not have the character to be the president of the United States. But McCarthy made it clear to him that it is up to voters to decide what is best for the country.

“We didn’t have inflation. We didn’t have war in Europe. We didn’t have five embassies evacuated. We didn’t have 13 Gold Star families by a missed decision in Afghanistan. We didn’t have this new axis of evil that we haven’t seen from the 1930s, pushing China to Russia–” he said.

When the CNN reporter tried to claim that McCarthy was suggesting that character is not a valid consideration when making a choice on who to vote for, McCarthy said, “Is there a character matter when you say Biden used his own power to tell the American public that the laptop was not true? That Biden use now through the secretary of state to go to 51 people in the intel community, former CIA directors, to tell the American public that that wasn’t true.”

“I’m weighing it all. I’m being consistent. You’re being inconsistent in this if you listen. Think for one moment you’re saying only character matters and you’re only going after Trump. People are human in this place of where we go. This is a decision of an issue that people knew about since 2016. So they voted on it,” he added.

Raju later pressed the former lawmaker on whether Trump would accept the results of the election, in a jab at the former president’s challenge of the 2020 election when Biden became president.

In response, McCarthy made it clear that Democratic presidential candidates also have a history of casting doubts on unfavorable election results, pointing out how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not accept the results of the 2016 election when Trump beat her.

“Look, I watched Raskin. I’ve watched Stacey Abram. Democrats have challenged — this is a question you should have for Democrats as well. I know what network I’m on, but this is what’s interesting to me,” McCarthy stated.

“Democrats have challenged every single Republican elected to president since George Bush. Raskin challenged that even Trump should be impeached before he was even sworn in. I mean, this is a question that for the whole American public, that we’ve got to get beyond this,” he added.