Former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt called out House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Wednesday for using "poisonous nonsense" to cover up the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Steve Schmidt: Kevin McCarthy Using 'Code Words' To Cover Up Jan. 6
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May 20, 2021

Former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt called out House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Wednesday for using "poisonous nonsense" to cover up the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Earlier this week, McCarthy expressed his opposition to a new commission to study Jan. 6. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that he also opposed the commission on Wednesday.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Schmidt explained that McCarthy had "mesmerized" the media by simply stating that he accepts that Joe Biden is the president of the United States.

"Since most of the assembled media reacted to this rhetorical slight of hand like defanged cobras mesmerized by the snake handlers flute, I think it deserves a bit unpacking," Schmidt wrote. "The question that matters is this. 'Do you recognize, acknowledge and assert without qualifications that Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump decisively in a free, fair and legitimate election?'"

"Of course, this is the question the leader of the House Autocrats is running from but there is no escape from it," he added.

According to Schmidt, questioning the election has become "the essential marker in American political life."

"It marks the boundary waters between reality and fantasy and the truth and the lie," he observed. "It marks the front lines in the battle ahead between American democracy and the autocratic cancer that blossomed From the poisonous Trump Presidency."

Schmidt concluded: "There is no higher strategic priority for Trump, McCarthy and McConnell than making the murderous insurrection disappear into the fog of a culture without memory. If that is allowed to happen, we will lose the country. The coverup of what happened on the 6th by Trump and his cabal of elected Autocrats guarantees more political violence, death, extremism and instability in the years ahead."

Read Schmidt's tweets below.

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