House Speaker Kevin McCarthy called out the media and CBS’ Margaret Brennan for ignoring past examples of Democrats denying election results while continuing to attack Republicans on Sunday.
During an appearance on “Face the Nation,” Brennen questioned McCarthy on nominating particular House GOP members to committees even though many of them allegedly denied the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“According to CBS records, 70% of the House GOP members denied the results of the 2020 election. You put many of them on very key committees, Intelligence, Homeland Security, Oversight. Why are you elevating people who are denying reality like that?” asked Brennan.
“Well, if you look to the Democrats, their ranking member Raskin had the same thing, denied Trump or Bush was in there. Bennie Thompson —” began McCarthy.
“Did you see those numbers we just put up there, 70 percent?” interrupted Brennan.
“Did you also be fair and equal where you looked at Raskin did the same thing, Bennie Thompson, who’s a ranking member, was a chair; these individuals were chair of the Democratic Party,” responded McCarthy.
The journalist frequently interrupted the Speaker, pointing out the discrepancy and implying that going back to the 2000 election ‘wasn’t relative to the discussion.’
“Yeah, they’re my choices, but they’re the conference choices. But, I’m also asking you, when you look to see just Republicans, Democrats have done the same thing. So, maybe it’s not denying. Maybe it’s the only opportunity they have to have a question about what went on during the election. So, if you want to hold Republicans to that equation, why don’t you also hold Democrats? Why don’t you hold Jamie Raskin? Why don’t you hold Bennie Thompson? When Democrats had appointed them to chair, I never once heard you ask Nancy Pelosi or any Democrat that question when they were in power in the majority,” answered McCarthy.
High-ranking Dems have also denied election results
Leading Democratic figures, including Stacey Abrams, Hillary Clinton, and Hakeem Jeffries, have all previously denied the results of the 2016 presidential election along with the 2018 midterm elections. Regardless, they continued to be prominently featured and hailed as Democratic Party leaders.
Over the last few weeks, McCarthy has been under criticism for removing leading Democrats, including Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff, from their House Intelligence Committee positions and promoting Republicans. Previously, McCarthy defended the decisions when questioned by Democratic critics or reporters.
“This is your Congress,” insisted Brennan.
“These are members who just got elected by their constituents, and we put them into committees. And I’m proud to do it,” responded McCarthy.