House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) had a rocky showing on “60 Minutes” on Sunday night as he stumbled through answers and was called out for spewing White House talking points.
In the beginning of the scene, McCarthy accuses host Scott Pelley of doctoring the transcript. After Pelley reads from the transcript, McCarthy argues, “You just added another word,” but Pelley deadpans, “Nope. It’s in the transcript.”
The California Republican tried desperately to spin the interview into another conversation, saying, “We vote on important things every day” before referencing a hypothetical vote on the deployment of troops.
When Pelley notes that the Minority Leader is simply peddling the same White House talking points that 1600 Penn accidentally emailed to Democrats in Congress this week, McCarthy insists, “I’ve never seen one talking point from the White House.” But then goes on to spew the exact talking points that Pelley accused him of using.
Here’s a clip of that interview:
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the president did nothing impeachable. “I see two leaders having admiration, not intimidation,” he tells Scott Pelley about President Trump’s phone call with President Zelensky https://t.co/68FhBmgQsJ pic.twitter.com/sKrdQSalfh
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) September 30, 2019
The White House has been trying out a number of defenses against the impeachment inquiry and most of those defenses have been mirrored by the president’s allies in Congress.
Among other tactics, the Republicans have begun attacking the whistleblower, insisting that he or she is an unreliable source because the individual wasn’t on the phone call, while also trying to paint the whistleblower as a traitor. President Trump said on Monday that he’s trying to find out who the whistleblower is.
Republicans have also insisted that Trump did nothing wrong in his phone call with the Ukrainians and that the whole thing is being blown out of proportion.