MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough called out House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Friday morning for sucking up to Donald Trump in the belief it will allow him to hang onto his leadership position within the Republican Party, calling the California Republican -- in a word -- "gutless."
Speaking with Morning Joe co-host Willie Geist, the MSNBC host reminded McCarthy of the ex-president's complicity in the Jan 6th. Capitol riot that had lawmakers -- including McCarthy -- fleeing for their lives.
Observing that McCarthy accused fellow Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) of participating in "cancel culture" for attacking Trump, Scarborough joked, "Do they get paid money every time they say those words, 'cancel culture'? How stupid can you be? They're blaming everything on, quote, 'cancel culture,' even when it doesn't apply. If somebody trips over their shoelace and falls down, they going to blame it on cancel culture."
"Here you have Kevin McCarthy accusing Liz Cheney of cancel culture?" the MNSNBC host continued. "I don't really understand, when it was Kevin McCarthy who was on the phone screaming at Donald Trump when he feared for his life. It was Kevin McCarthy begging the terrorists -- that Donald Trump call down the terrorists and stop the terrorists from attacking -- and Donald Trump refused to do it. When Kevin got angry, he said, 'well, I guess those attackers, I guess they're more upset about the election than you are, Kevin.'"
"And McCarthy goes to the floor attacking Donald Trump and then, like [Republican Sen.] Lindsey Graham, gets scared, scared of his own shadow and flies down to Mar-a-Lago and takes a picture with Donald Trump," he continued. "Just like [Trump administration U.N. ambassador] Nikki Haley. She dares to tell the truth about him for about three seconds, and now she's going to try to get back in with Donald Trump because he's refusing to meet with her at Mar-a-Lago. It is extraordinary that these people want to meet with the man."
"So my question really is: how sick does a political party have to be? How gutless and directionless does a politician have to be to actually want to be within 100 miles of that guy on the left, " Scarborough said in reference to a picture on the screen with Trump standing next to McCarthy, "who will forever be remembered as the only president ever to call for an insurrection against the United States of America to try to stop a peaceful transition of power and stop the constitutional process of counting electoral votes."
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