Kevin McCarthy's exceptional flip-flop from "There's No Place For QAnon" to "I Don't Even Know What It Is".
Kevin McCarthy, chairman of the minority House of Representatives, claimed during an interview with Fox News last August that "there is no place for QAnon in the Republican Party". It turns out, however, that there is a point to conspiracy theory that former President Donald Trump is fighting a satanic pedophile cabal run by prominent Democrats – and that on the House's Education and Labor Committee.
During a closed session on Wednesday, McCarthy's caucus decided not to sanction not just QAnon-comprehensive MP Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who in addition to QAnon advocated and filmed the murder of the House Speaker for the harassment a survivor of a school shootout who she claimed was a staged attack – but plans to include her on education and household committees.
Following the Wednesday meeting, McCarthy said during a press conference that Greene "denounces QAnon" – something she has not done publicly – then added, "I don't even know what (QAnon) is."
McCarthy, who proclaims ignorance about a conspiracy theory that played a key role in motivating the January 6th uprising that killed five people, is hard to believe given the fact that he had to deal with the subject repeatedly. But it's an indication of how theory has become mainstream Republican politics in recent months – and the tacit acceptance of the party's mainstream leaders.
McCarthy said during the aforementioned Fox News interview that QAnon has no place in the party. In the final months of the 2020 campaign, he and other Republican leaders (including Trump) did nothing to hide Greene and other QAnon-supporting Republicans. Then, after Greene and Lauren Boebert, another Republican who has expressed support for conspiracy theory, won seats in Congress, McCarthy told reporters last November that "they both denounced QAnon" – something neither of them did them publicly.
Observe the development of McCarthy's QAnon statements:
Kevin McCarthy said within six months of "There's no place for QAnon in the Republican Party to" I don't even know what (QAnon) is. "Pic.twitter.com/Hr9cwSHhxd
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 4, 2021
It's not entirely clear what Greene said to her Republican counterparts during Wednesday's meeting. Politico reported that she apologized at the conference for her earlier rhetoric about 9/11 and the school shootings as jokes and other conspiracies bordering on QAnon that she previously engaged in with her personal experience of a school shooting made. “However, one thing we know from all reports about the meeting is that their comments received standing ovations from some members.
Regardless of what she said privately, Greene has been completely unrepentant in public about the recent revelations regarding her activities on both social media and the public. She tweeted last Thursday that she was "not backing down" and "never apologizing" and using the firestorm sparked by her comments as a fundraising opportunity.
I will not back down. I will never apologize. And I'll keep fighting for people.
For me it's America First !!!
Any elected politician who doesn't put America first doesn't deserve his or her position or the trust of the people.
– Marjorie Taylor Greene (@mtgreenee) January 30, 2021
McCarthy's approach contrasts with Senate Minority Chairman Mitch McConnell, who on Monday issued a damning statement that did not name Greene's name, but there is no doubt that he called her stated beliefs "cancer to the Republican Party and ours." Country ".
"Crazy lies and conspiracy theories are cancer to the Republican Party and our country," McConnell said before mentioning some of the many conspiracy theories it has embraced. "Anyone who suggested that maybe no plane hit the Pentagon on September 11th, that terrible school shootings were staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.'s plane is not living in reality."
The problem for McCarthy is that QAnon is more popular with the Republican grassroots than people would like to believe – a YouGov poll conducted last month found that 30 percent of Republican voters respond positively to conspiracy theory – by denouncing it and Greene Banish from Committees The House Republican leader risks alienating a significant portion of the GOP base.
Rather than firmly opposing the kind of conspiracy theories that motivated gangs of Trump supporters to storm the Capitol last month, McCarthy opts for fake ignorance while attempting to arm the problem by making false equivalences in a statement He released Wednesday between QAnon believers and Democrats like representatives Maxine Waters and Ilhan Omar.
Meanwhile, House Democrats are putting a vote to do what Republicans don't want and removing Greene's committee duties. During a hearing on Wednesday, Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-MA) acknowledged the unprecedented nature of the vote the Democrats are trying to force, but said, “If the new precedent is here for a Member of this House to commit assassinations calls. If that's the standard by which we remove people from committees, I agree. "
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