House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was booed as he began a virtual appearance at former President Donald Trump’s Wyoming rally on Saturday.
Videos circulating on social media show McCarthy, a California Republican, being mocked by Trump supporters as he virtually endorses Harriet Hagemen, a GOP candidate running for Congress against Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney.
McCarthy was embroiled in controversy recently after a leaked audio recording showed him telling Cheney and other lawmakers he wanted Trump to leave office after the Jan. 6, 2021 riots in the US capital. The recording painted a very different picture of McCarthy’s views than what he was presenting to the public at the time, leading to several lawmakers and Republican groups criticizing him for lying and seemingly playing both sides.
The House Minority Leader initially tried to deny the recording as “completely false and false,” and later tried to say his statements presented just one possible scenario being discussed at the time.
Since then, he has appeared at several events to praise Trump, leading some to believe he is afraid of souring relations with the former president amid the 2022 midterm elections. For his part, Trump said after the leaked recording that he believes McCarthy had an “inferiority complex,” but later explained that the incident did not affect their relationship.
“I think that’s all a huge compliment, honestly,” Trump said The Wall Street Journal last month, citing McCarthy and other Republicans who initially criticized him after the riot but later sided with him. “They realized they were wrong and supported me.”
“I think I actually had a very good relationship with him [McCarthy]’ the former president added. “I like him. And despite that short span of time, I suspect he’s quite fond of me.”
The Wyoming rally is an opportunity for Trump to protest Cheney, who voted to impeach the former president and was one of his most prominent Republican critics. However, the event comes after several of Trump’s recent endorsements failed to gain traction in the Republican primary.
The rally also comes after Trump faced significant legal backlash in New York this week. A federal judge dismissed his lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James, while another court ruled that two of his children — Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump — must be questioned under oath as part of the ongoing criminal investigation.
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