Republicans have been struggling to deal with the fallout from the January 6th storming of Capitol Hill by a mob of rabid Trump supporters, trapped between the urge to condemn the mob and perpetually terrified of displeasing the MAGA voters they rely on to keep from being primaried by a radicalized hot tub salesman from Topeka.
This has led to some rather ridiculous mental gymnastics from prominent Republicans, like GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who tried to tell an interviewer that “every” American bears some responsibility to the mob that was directly incited by Donald Trump and several members of Kevin’s own kaucus.
“I also think everybody across this country has some responsibility,” whined McCarthy to Greta Van Susteren, deciding that Rep. Maxine Waters, people who oppose Trump, and social media users who are mean to him are as equally responsible for the Capitol siege as the guy who told his fans to “fight back harder” and “show strength.”
“I think this is what we have to get to the bottom of, and when you start talking about who has responsibilities, I think there’s going to be a lot more questions, a lot more answers we have to have in the coming future,” hedged McCarthy.
It is absolutely ridiculous for McCarthy to try to downplay Trump’s role in inciting the riot and very telling that he still feels the need to do so even though Trump isn’t even president anymore!
Kevin, it’s very simple. Let’s hear it from the mob, shall we?
Very telling video of rioters outside the Capitol shouting at police: "We were invited here. We were invited by the president of the United States" pic.twitter.com/Ctt5M1ijoA
— Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) January 13, 2021
Social media immediately erupted in fury and mockery at McCarthy for his preposterous assertion:
This is fucking insane. McCarthy can’t be in leadership. This is disgraceful even for him.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) January 23, 2021
While in fact we are not all responsible for the coup attempt on January 6th, I think we can all take on the responsibility of pointing and laughing at Kevin McCarthy's genuinely pathetic attempt to absolve himself and the GOP of any particular blame for it.
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) January 23, 2021
Everybody across this website has some responsibility for my wasting time online https://t.co/WlZmxYQwBj
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) January 23, 2021
.@GOPLeader, where are your testicles? What are you afraid of? This was an attempted COUP incited by trump and others, yes, others like you. This was not because of all Americans. As an American I take deep offense, do not blame me.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) January 23, 2021
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) January 23, 2021
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) January 23, 2021
Don’t both sides us, Kevin McCarthy. Republicans and conservative media incited right-wing domestic terrorism. Nobody else is responsible for what happened except y’all. Period. https://t.co/Fc3gPCAek8
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) January 23, 2021
— the tim’s gambit (@PostinMonkey) January 23, 2021