Republican Attacks GOP’s Top Leaders

Matt Gaetz

( – Following a report published by the New York Times, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) slammed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA).

The New York Times report featured comments of a recording of McCarthy and Scalise sharing concern about Gaetz’s remarks after the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

Responding to the report on Twitter, the Florida Republican slammed McCarthy and Scalise as “weak men.”

In his tweet, Gaetz wrote that “McCarthy and Rep. Scalise held views about President Trump and me that they shared on sniveling calls with Liz Cheney, not us,” adding, “This is the behavior of weak men, not leaders.”

The New York Times reported McCarthy made comments during a conference call with GOP leadership on Jan. 10, 2021, where he accused Gaetz of “putting people in jeopardy,” referring to remarks the Florida Republican made about Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 protest.

McCarthy also expressed frustration at Gaetz, adding that Gaetz “doesn’t need to be doing this. We saw what people would do in the Capitol, you know, and these people came prepared with rope, with everything else.”

Scalise also chimed in, suggesting that Gaetz’s remarks may be illegal, stating, “This is serious stuff. It has to stop. It’s potentially illegal what he’s doing.”

McCarthy then disparaged other Republicans calling out colleagues for their stance about Trump’s involvement in the Jan. 6 protest, saying, “These members calling outcomes other members, that stuff’s got to stop.”

He added that tensions are too high and “the country is too crazy,” saying that he did “not want to look back and think we caused something,” revealing that he doesn’t “want to play politics with any of that.”

In the Jan. 10 call, McCarthy also disclosed that he received a report where Gaetz labeled Republican lawmakers “anti-Trump,” he added that the people “doing that has to stop.”

Following the release of the recordings, Gaetz highlighted that in the wake of the Jan. 6 attacks, Scalise and McCarthy were “protecting Liz Cheney from criticism” while he was safeguarding Trump from impeachment.

He also noted that the pair “deemed it incendiary or illegal to call Cheney and Kinzinger ‘Anti-Trump,’ a label both proudly advertise today,” while pointing out that the recordings revealed the pair’s honest thoughts about Trump and “the Republicans in Congress who fight for him.”