California Republican Kevin McCarthy Attacks ’60 Minutes’ for Its Totally Accurate Reporting

The Bakersfield Rep. and Trump apologist adds to his list of befuddling blunders

House minority leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield added to his long list of gaffes and blunders during a 60 Minutes interview last night when he accused correspondent Scott Pelley of falsifying the White House’s own transcript of Donald Trump’s phone call with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky.

Pelley quoted Trump telling Zelensky in the July 25th call in which he allegedly tried to trade military aid in return for help getting dirt on Joe and Hunter Biden, “I would like you to do us a favor, though.”

“You just added another word,” McCarthy objected.

“No,” Pelley replied, “it’s in the White House transcript.”

Seeming genuinely taken aback—and seemingly unfamiliar with the phone call at the heart of the impeachment inquiry into Trump—McCarthy asked, “He said, ‘I’d like you to do a favor, though?’”

Pelley assured him, “Yes. It’s in the White House transcript.”

Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, who ditched the GOP and went Independent in July, was quick to pounce on his former leader, tweeting, “Kevin McCarthy again displays his unique brand of incompetence and dishonesty.”


For anyone familiar with McCarthy’s history, this latest eye-roller should come as no surprise, as McCarthy long ago established himself as a monumental blunderer.

In 2016, after meeting with then-Ukrainian prime minister Vladimir Groysman, McCarthy was caught on tape telling fellow House Republicans, “There’s two people I think Putin pays: [California Rep. Dana] Rohrabacher and Trump. Swear to God.”

Just before the 2016 election, McCarthy posted and deleted a tweet that accused Jewish billionaires George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, and Tom Steyer of trying to “buy” the election.

“We cannot allow Soros, Steyer, and Bloomberg to BUY this election! Get out and vote Republican November 6th. #MAGA.”


In January, McCarthy thought he’d found a grandstand opportunity to sic himself on Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib for saying “motherfucker.” A reporter pointed out Trump’s infamous potty mouth, asking, “Who within your caucus called out the president for that type of language?”

McCarthy muttered, “I think a lot of them did,” then scurried off the stage before anyone could ask another question.

After the government shutdown later that month, McCarthy was still struggling with reality. Asked if declaring a state of emergency was still an option for building the border wall, Trump told reporters, “We’ll work with the Democrats and negotiate, and if we can’t do that, then we’ll do a—obviously we’ll do the emergency because that’s what it is. It’s a national emergency.”

Two days later, Chuck Todd asked McCarthy why Trump was still floating the idea of declaring an emergency.

“That’s not true,” McCarthy replied.

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