Getz lashes out at McCarthy and Scalise after leaked comments

Rep. Matt Goetz (R-Fla.) criticized House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Minority Leader Steve Scalise (R-C) on Tuesday after New York Times released a report that recorded comments from two congressmen expressing concern about the Florida Republican’s remarks following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Gaetz, in a statement published on Twitter called McCarthy and Scalise “weak people”.

“Rep. McCarthy and Rep. Scalise held views on President Trump and me that they shared during sniveling calls with Liz Cheney, not us,” Goetz wrote. “This is the behavior of weak people, not leaders.”

Earlier Tuesday, the Times reported that McCarthy, during a conversation with GOP leadership on January 10, 2021, said that Gaetz was “Put people in danger.” He was particularly concerned about the comments of a Florida Republican who attacked Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) after the Jan. 6 riots, the Times reported.

And he doesn’t have to do it. We saw what people would do in the Capitol, you know, and these people came prepared with rope and everything,” McCarthy said over the phone, discussing Getz.

Scalise also raised concerns about Gaetz’s comments, suggesting that the comments may be illegal.

“These are serious things. This has to stop,” Scalise said. “What he’s doing is potentially illegal.”

Also during a January 10 teleconference, McCarthy denounced Republicans calling their colleagues, saying it “must stop.”

“These members are calling other members, this needs to stop,” McCarthy said.

“The tension is too great. The country is too crazy. I don’t want to look back and think we caused something… I don’t want to play politics with any of this,” he added.

McCarthy said he received word that Gaetz called people and called them “anti-Trump”, adding that “people are doing serious things that need to stop.”

On Tuesday, Gaetz said McCarthy and Scalise “protected Liz Cheney from criticism” while he defended then-President Trump from impeachment.

“They found it inflammatory or illegal to call Cheney and Kinzinger ‘anti-Trump’, a label both proudly tout today,” he added.

The Florida Republican also suggested that the new recordings illustrate the true thoughts of McCarthy and Scalise.

“On the other hand, you no longer need to be a lobbyist with a $5,000 check to know what McCarthy and Scalise really think. You just need to listen to their own words as they speak disparagingly of Trump and the Republicans in Congress who are fighting for him,” he said.

The Hill has reached out to McCarthy and Scalise for comment.

The audio recordings reported by the Times were obtained for the forthcoming book It Won’t Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future, written by Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns, who are both reporters for the paper.

The report, released on Tuesday, was the second article in which McCarthy made personal comments since the January 6 riots. In the first installment, McCarthy was heard to say that he would recommend that Trump resign. He first called the report “completely false and wrong” but audio recordings later supported the comments.

Gaetz knocked out McCarthy Twitter after the first report, again accusing him of “defending” Cheney.

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