Kevin McCarthy Accuses CNN Of Media Bias During Heated Interview
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 29: Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., conducts a news conference in the U.S. Capitol on border security, government funding, and other issues, on Friday, September 29, 2023.
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Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) accused CNN of skewed coverage against former President Donald Trump and other Republicans during a heated interview over the weekend.

McCarthy made the remarks on Sunday to CNN reporter Manu Raju on the network’s “Inside Politics” program.

“Is it a good idea that Donald Trump is the nominee? The answer is 100 percent yes,” McCarthy said. “Will Donald Trump win this presidency? The answer is yes. And it’s interesting. I was watching the earlier part of your show and I get it. The verdict has just come in, and the question is, should it even have gone to trial? The majority of Americans understand that if Donald Trump did not run for president, this never would even gone to trial.”

He then listed numerous problems he had with the case, including the prosecution’s bias, the fact that the previous prosecutor declined to bring the case, the DOJ’s not charging Trump related to the case, and the FEC’s not raising concerns over the matter at hand.

McCarthy added that most of the country was concerned about President Joe Biden’s presidency and that “at the end of the day Democrats have overplayed their hand.”

“And it happens in world history when someone persecutes a political enemy simply because they’re political enemy, it usually backfires on them and it creates a movement,” he said.

When Raju continued to harp over the hush money payment to an adult film actress during Trump’s first campaign, McCarthy responded: “If you go with this premise that this is something illegal, what was in the law that this broke? Then you would go back and should Hillary Clinton be tried because she paid a law firm to create a fictitious Russia issue.”

“I’m not talking about Hillary Clinton,” Raju snapped back.

“I know you’re not talking about that, but the American public is going to look at all this is. This isn’t just a CNN question. You’re asking what does the American public look at?” McCarthy responded. “You had Joe Biden go out and tell the American public that the laptop wasn’t true. You had this network say a dubious, doubtful about it. I mean, people put it in perspective. Was this politically motivated that you even took him to court about this? The answer is overwhelming yes.”

When Raju highlighted a clip and suggested Trump did not have the character to be president, McCarthy noted that voters would base their decision on what’s best for the country.

“We didn’t have inflation. We didn’t have war in Europe. We didn’t have five embassies evacuated,” he said. “We didn’t have 13 Gold Star families by a missed decision in Afghanistan. We didn’t have this new axis of evil that we haven’t seen from the 1930s, pushing China to Russia–”

When Raju suggested that McCarthy was indicating that character didn’t matter, McCarthy fired back: “Is there a character matter when you say Biden used his own power to tell the American public that the laptop was not true? That Biden use now through the secretary of state to go to 51 people in the intel community, former CIA directors, to tell the American public that that wasn’t true.”

“I’m weighing it all. I’m being consistent. You’re being inconsistent in this if you listen,” he continued. “Think for one moment you’re saying only character matters and you’re only going after Trump. People are human in this place of where we go. This is a decision of an issue that people knew about since 2016. So they voted on it.”

When pressed over whether Trump would accept the results of the election, McCarthy noted that Hillary Clinton didn’t accept the results of the 2016 election.


“Look, I watched Raskin. I’ve watched Stacey Abrams,” he said. “Democrats have challenged — this is a question you should have for Democrats as well. I know what network I’m on, but this is what’s interesting to me.”

When Raju tried to stop him from talking, McCarthy said: “No, wait a minute. Let me answer a question, come on. Don’t be so nervous.”

“Democrats have challenged every single Republican elected to president since George Bush. Raskin challenged that even Trump should be impeached before he was even sworn in,” he said. “I mean, this is a question that for the whole American public, that we’ve got to get beyond this.”


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