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[COMMENTARY] Trump Employs Usual Tactics to Distance Himself From Kevin McCarthy

[COMMENTARY] Trump Employs Usual Tactics to Distance Himself From Kevin McCarthy

Hell hath no fury like Donald Trump scorned.

The world’s most famous grudge holder may not be as physically adept as he might have been in his younger years, but the Former Guy sure can still flip on someone the second he perceives any slight or thinks someone’s loyalty isn’t what it should be. How many former Trump associates have been relegated to the “coffee boy” annals of Trump World history? He loves you when you’re useful, but if you ever turn against him, even if it’s for the greater good of the country and humanity at large, he becomes the dementia-leaning version of the Mariah Carey “I don’t know her” GIF.

Eviction protection in CARES act expires
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 27: (L-R) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Vice President Mike Pence listen as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony for H.R. 748, the CARES Act in the Oval Office of the White House on March 27, 2020, in Washington, DC. Earlier on Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the $2 trillion stimulus bill that lawmakers hope will battle the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images)

Look at the photo above. Trump has spoken out publicly against all three of those men, incorporating such harsh language that the mob on January 6th marauding the halls of the Capitol was chanting “HANG MIKE PENCE!” In the days after the insurrection, both Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell both firmly pinned the blame on Trump for the deadly events that followed his speech at the “Stop the Steal” rally. McCarthy had also called Trump while the crowd was attempting to break through his office window and begged him to call them off. Trump famously told McCarthy, “Well Kevin, I guess these people care more about the election than you do.” Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) was at McCarthy’s side and not only verified the conversation, but she was also one of the ten Republicans who voted for Trump’s second impeachment; she now faces a primary challenge from a Trump-backed candidate like the others who joined her in the vote.

When Trump decides he doesn’t like someone anymore, he employs the schoolyard bully tactic of publicly shaming them and then influencing his immediate circle to follow suit. Nobody seems to want to incur the Wrath of the Orange Menace, something that continues to mystify those on the left who can see it all so clearly (especially those of us who were blocked by Trump on Twitter and never unblocked).


McCarthy’s willingness to go back on the statements he made in the days following the January 6th insurrection to save himself (he called for Trump to be censured, then walked that one waaaay back) has only caused a deeper rift within the GOP. Now that McCarthy is seen as protecting Herrera Beutler and others, they are considered “RINOS” or “Not America First Republicans”.  Falling out of MAGA favor means not only getting massively trolled online, but in real life as well.

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But don’t just take my word for it. The Washington Post has an extensive new profile on Trump “bad-mouthing” McCarthy and what the effects will be. Spoiler: it won’t be good for ol’ Kevin, but then again, nobody in TrumpWorld is getting out of this whole January 6th thing unscathed no matter what they think.


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