House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy delivered a speech on the House floor against impeaching Trump, arguing that a vote to impeach would “fan the flames of partisan division” and that instead the president could bear responsibility through a censure resolution.
McCarthy began by condemning last week’s attack on the Capitol as “undemocratic, un-American and criminal,” and although there to defend him, quickly broke from the president in making the distinction that antifa was not to blame for the violence, as Trump has privately suggested.
“Some say the riots were caused by antifa. There is absolutely no evidence of that. And conservatives should be the first to say so,” McCarthy said, calling on his colleagues.
“I believe impeaching the president in such a short timeframe would be a mistake,” McCarthy said, notably not directly defending his actions as unimpeachable but taking issue…