House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was caught in a big lie on Thursday.
The California Republican denied a New York Times report that he told GOP leaders he would advise former President Donald Trump to resign after the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, calling it “totally false and wrong.”
Just hours later, however, New York Times reporters Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin released audio of McCarthy saying exactly that during a phone call with Republican leaders on Jan. 10, 2021. On MSNBC, the Times journalists said there was a lot more where that came from.
Now, McCarthy’s critics are calling him out over it.
A.B. Stoddard, a columnist at the conservative website RealClearPolitics, described it as an “amazing, breathtaking failure” and proof McCarthy is “simply too stupid” to become speaker of the House.
“The idea that he put out an emphatic denial just hours…