Kinzinger says he warned McCarthy that his phrases would result in violence that will result in rioting within the Capitol
Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) Warned on Twitter that he warned House Minority Chairman Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) That his support for the Conservatives' efforts to question the 2020 general election results asking would lead to violence, but McCarthy ignored it and put his concerns aside.
“A few days before January 6th, our GOP members had a conference call. I told Kevin that his words and our party's actions on January 6th would lead to violence, ”Kinzinger wrote. "Kevin replied dismissively with" ok Adam, operator next question ". And we got violence."
A few days before January 6th, our GOP members had a conference call. I told Kevin that his words and our party's actions on January 6th would lead to violence. Kevin replied dismissively with "ok Adam, operator next question." And we have violence.
– Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger), May 10, 2021
Days before a group of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol, McCarthy told The Hill that he would support efforts to question the election results. McCarthy's testimony came even though no evidence of election fraud was found, contrary to Trump's fictional claims that fraud had occurred.
"I think it's right that we have the debate. I mean, you see now that Senators are going to object, the House is going to object – how else can we change the electoral problems?" McCarthy told the news agency at the time.
Late last month, McCarthy was beaten up for defending Trump's response to the uprising during an appearance on Fox News that Trump had promised to stop the attack during a phone call while the attack was ongoing. McCarthy also said that Trump was unaware of the attack until the call, but it is well documented that Trump spent the day Watch out Coverage of the attack.
"When he ended the call, he told me he was going to bring something out to make sure it stopped. And that's what he did. He later posted a video, ”McCarthy said, not realizing that it was hours before Trump posted a video calling on his supporters to end the violence (and telling them he“ loved ”them).
"Look, my conversations with the President are my conversations with the President," McCarthy said when pressured by host Chris Wallace. “It was my idea to make sure we could stop what was going on in the Capitol at this point. The president said he would help. "
McCarthy had originally said in the week following the attack, in which five people were killed, that Trump "was responsible for the uprising" and that he was too slow to try to stop his supporters.
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