While appearing to express concern for the country, Speaker Kevin McCarthy said that there is nothing stopping a Republican DA in a red county from coming after a Democratic president.
While appearing to express concern, Kevin McCarthy incites a Republican DA to go after Biden, “What’s going to deter some small DA in a red state to go after a Democrat president when they come out? I don’t want our country to continue to spiral, to play politics this way.” pic.twitter.com/m8hsgLOUdH
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) April 6, 2023
When MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell asked McCarthy about the Trump indictment, he said:
My fear is what’s going to transpire is that here we are America, our greatest strength is the rule of law applied equally. What’s going to deter some small D.A. In a red state to go after a Democrat president when they come out, I don’t want our country to continue to spiral, to play politics this way.
I think we should respect the law. I don’t think any legal mind sits and thinks this has merit of where it’s going. I think it’s played where somebody is running for president and a former I think when I look across the street from the Capitol, I see lady liberty sitting there blindfolded with a scale that’s supposed to be equal everyone would sit back and tell you, regardless of party, regardless how they feel about President Trump — you have Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney saying for what it is I think it’s spiraling the country in a place we don’t want. Let’s start respecting each Let’s respect the rule of law.
It is an even worse message and a greater danger to the country to let someone like Trump walk without being held accountable because they are rich, a former president, or running for president again.
Beneath all of the window dressing about concern for the country, McCarthy was sending out a message to every DA in every red county to even the score and come after Biden.
McCarthy’s choice of words was revealing.
Instead of saying I worry about a red DA coming after a Democratic president, which they should not do, he said, “What’s going to deter some small D.A. In a red state to go after a Democrat president?”
It certainly looks like the Speaker of the House was sending little wink to local Republican DAs about investigating Joe Biden.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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