The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Tag: kevin mccarthy

Former Prosecutor Zeros In On Why Kevin McCarthy Is Refusing To Testify

During an appearance on Friday's edition of CNN's The Situation Room, former federal prosecutor Elie Honig weighed in on a newly uncovered radio interview with former House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) last year, which seems to explain McCarthy's reluctance to testify before the January 6th House Select Committee. In the interview, McCarthy said former President Donald Trump acknowledged some responsibility for the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

According to Honig, this information totally explains McCarthy's steadfast refusal to cooperate with the House committee.

"McCarthy claims there's nothing, in his words, that he can provide to the committee," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "But just listening to his own words, that's clearly not true."

"It's complete nonsense, and it's simply not true," agreed Honig. "This new piece of tape, where McCarthy says Donald Trump acknowledged that he has some responsibility, that's extraordinarily powerful evidence. That's an admission of some culpability by Donald Trump to Kevin McCarthy. And the committee is right to be very much focused on that."

"That was the old McCarthy, before his voyage down to Mar-a-Lago," added Honig. "He seems to have emerged as a different person with a different take on the facts and reality."

Watch The Interview Below:

Cheney Brilliantly Calls Out McCarthy For His Refusal To Testify

Reinforcing the degree to which Republicans do not want the truth about events on January 6 to reach the public, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has announced he will not cooperate with a request to voluntarily testify before the House Select Committee investigating the assault on the Capitol. In refusing the committee's request, McCarthy becomes the latest in a string of Republican representatives who have made it clear that talking about their role in events leading up to the insurgency is the last thing they want to do.

On Wednesday, the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol sent a letter to McCarthy making clear that his testimony is critical to investigation of events that sent Congress scrambling as the Capitol was invaded. McCarthy didn’t just speak with Donald Trump before and after the attempt to prevent the counting of electoral votes, he had a phone conversation with Trump in the midst of the hours-long violence. That conversation reportedly included McCarthy yelling in anger, “Who the fuck do you think you are talking to?” after Trump refused to take action to end the violence. Current accounts of the phone call are secondhand, though they were included in an official statement from Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA).

In the past month, the committee has released text messages from members of Congress as well as those from Fox News propagandists and even Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr. Those texts clearly show that both Republican lawmakers and right-wing media understood that Trump was in control of the violence. However, the released messages were directed at former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. A full account of McCarthy’s conversation, including an accurate transcription of Trump’s replies, could be crucial in demonstrating his knowledge of the violence and his complicity in refusing to end the attack.

In refusing to testify, McCarthy is making clear—again—that his first loyalty is to Trump, with any concerns about the truth or what’s best for the nation somewhere far behind.

The letter from Committee Chair Rep. Bennie Thompson noted that McCarthy not only had conversations with Trump concerning his refusal to stop the violence on January 6, but about “the potential [Trump] would face a censure resolution, impeachment, or removal under the 25th Amendment. It also appears that you may have identified other possible options, including President Trump’s immediate resignation from office.”

In the hours immediately following the assault, it appeared that McCarthy was angry enough to momentarily forget that he had cooperated in turning his party over to Trump. However, McCarthy swiftly remedied this situation. He flew to Mar-a-Lago to pay homage and turned his attacks away from Trump and toward his fellow Republicans who failed to join in the leadership cult. That includes attacking Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), one of two Republicans now on the select committee.

It’s been clear for months that McCarthy is terrified to make a full account of his conversations with Trump. His attempts to dodge any questions have led him into making a claim of pseudoprivilege in which “my conversations with the president are my conversations with the president.” Executive privilege does not extend to conversations held with members of the legislative branch.

On receiving the letter from the select committee, it took only a few hours for McCarthy announce that he would not be appearing. McCarthy—who earlier tried to sabotage the committee with an attempt to force the committee to include in its membership some of those known to be most involved in perpetuating the Big Lie around the 2020 election—indicated that the committee was “only out to hurt political opponents” and that he would not cooperate with what he called “an abuse of power.”

It took even less time for Cheney to make clear what she thought of McCarthy’s refusal. As reported in The Washington Post, Cheney had this to say about her titular leader in the House.

“I wish that he were a brave and honorable man,” said Cheney. “He’s clearly trying to cover up what happened. He has an obligation to come forward and we’ll get to the truth.”

However, in an interview with MSNBC, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) noted that McCarthy has some very personal reasons for keeping his lips zipped—reasons that include his involvement in possible criminal charges of conspiracy. In recent weeks, reports indicate that the select committee has been seriously considering how it may make criminal referrals to the Department of Justice for those involved not just in planning and encouraging the violence on January 6, but for the dozens of Republicans who were intimately involved in a scheme to overturn the results of the election by refusing to honor electoral votes.

Related to that scheme were revelations on Tuesday showing that Republicans forged documents in multiple states to falsely declare Trump the winner in states where President Joe Biden actually came out on top. This is just one aspect of a plan that was presented in an extensive PowerPoint slide deck to Republican members of the House so that they could properly execute their part of the conspiracy.

It’s not clear if McCarthy was present for that presentation, but if he were to appear to testify, he would certainly be asked about this event and other meetings held in preparation for overthrowing the legitimate government of the United States.

Article reprinted with permission from Alternet

Select Committee Asks To Question McCarthy -- But He Won't Appear Voluntarily

By Jan Wolfe

(Reuters) -The House Select Committee investigating the deadly January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol asked House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday to voluntarily answer questions about Donald Trump's actions on the day of the riot.

In a letter to McCarthy released publicly, the House of Representatives Select Committee requested his testimony on a range of topics, including his conversations with the former president before, during, and after the attack.

"We also must learn about how the President's plans for January 6 came together, and all the other ways he attempted to alter the results of the election," the Select Committee's chairman, Bennie Thompson, said in the letter.

The committee is also investigating whether Trump suggested to McCarthy what he should say publicly and to investigators about their conversations on the day of the attack, according to the letter. McCarthy and Trump met on January 28, 2021, in Palm Beach, Florida.

A spokesman for McCarthy did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Later McCarthy's office issued a statement rejecting the committee's request.

"As a representative and the leader of the minority party, it is with neither regret nor satisfaction that I have concluded to not participate with this select committee’s abuse of power that stains this institution today and will harm it going forward," McCarthy said.

The panel had previously asked another Trump ally in Congress, Representative Jim Jordan, to disclose conversations he had with Trump on January 6, 2021.

Jordan said on Sunday he would not cooperate with the committee's investigating, calling it illegitimate.

Two Republicans, Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, are members of the committee.

Thompson has said the panel is looking into whether it has the authority to issue subpoenas to congressional Republicans to force their cooperation.

The Select Committee has interviewed more than 340 witnesses and issued dozens of subpoenas as it investigates the deadly storming of the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters as lawmakers were certifying President Joe Biden's election victory.

The committee is aiming to release an interim report in the summer and a final report in the fall, a source familiar with the investigation said last month.

The committee's members have said they will consider passing along evidence of criminal conduct by Trump to the Justice Department. Such a move, known as a criminal referral, would be largely symbolic but would increase the political pressure on Attorney General Merrick Garland to charge the former president.

One police officer who battled rioters died the day after the attack and four who guarded the Capitol later died by suicide. Four rioters also died, including a woman who was shot by a police officer while trying to climb through a shattered window.

(Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Scott Malone and Sandra Maler)

Powerful Ad Reminds Republican Leaders What They Said About January 6

After the January 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol, Never Trump conservatives were hoping that the Republican Party would abandon then-President Donald Trump. But that didn’t happen; Trump’s stranglehold on the GOP is as strong as ever. And an ad by the Republican Accountability Project, released almost a year after the Capitol insurrection, slams some prominent Republicans who criticized Trump following the attack but went back to groveling before him.

The ad from RAP (formerly Republican Voters Against Trump) opens by asking, “Remember what Republicans leaders said after January 6?” And it goes on to show what House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin (not to be confused with right-wing radio host Mike Gallagher) and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas had to say. Never Trump conservative Bill Kristol tweeted the ad on January 4:

McCarthy, in the ad, is seen telling fellow members of Congress, on January 7, 2021, “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress” — followed by McConnell, on February 13, 2021, saying, “President Trump is responsible for provoking the events.” Cruz, in a January 7, 2021 clip, declares, “The president’s language and rhetoric crossed a line, and it was reckless” — and a clip from that same day shows Graham saying, “The president needs to understand that his actions were the problem, not the solution.”

After the clips, text from RAP reads, “They told the truth then. Why won’t they now?”

Indeed, McCarthy, Graham, and Cruz — after initially criticizing Trump following the Capitol insurrection — flip-flopped and went back to being obsequious Trump sycophants. Unlike them, McConnell doesn’t go out of his way to fawn over Trump; rather, the Senate minority leader simply avoids talking about him. But the bad blood between Trump and McConnell is obvious, and Trump has been waging a campaign to oust McConnell from his GOP leadership role in the Senate — so far, without much success.

Article reprinted with permission from Alternet

'The Gold Medal Winner': A One-Act Play


Donald Trump is in his study at Mar-a-Lago on the telephone.

TRUMP: Marjorie?

MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE: Mr. President!

TRUMP: Could you speak a little louder?

GREENE: Mr. President!

TRUMP: I called to hear your voice.

GREENE: Kevin McCarthy has me still stripped of my committee assignments.

TRUMP: Terrible, just terrible, but love when you say that. So, remember the last call, when I told you to demand that Kevin strip those nasty Republicans who voted for the infrastructure bill of their assignments?

GREENE: Strip them RINOs!

TRUMP: Can’t wait for that cartoon. Loved you in Gosar’s cartoon carrying the big sword.

GREENE: Me and Lauren Boebert, right alongside Paul Gosar. Off with their heads!

TRUMP: You’re my super-heroes.

GREENE: They censured Gosar—stripped him of his committee assignments.

TRUMP: Now he’s almost up there with you. But see how Kevin had to crawl. He promised you and Gosar would get your assignments back if he’s Speaker. He didn’t start out there when he took yours away. He’s moving. Just not on two feet. Crawling.

GREENE: But he made Lauren apologize for that joke about that towelhead Omar being a terrorist with a backpack.

TRUMP: She hit it out of the park.

GREENE: McCarthy made her apologize about Islamophobia.

TRUMP: If you can’t have that phobia, what phobia can you have?

GREENE: Vaccine Nazis! Mask mandates! You know, we can look back at a time in history where people were told to wear a gold star, and they were definitely treated like second class citizens, so much so that they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany. And this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about. This woman is mentally ill.

TRUMP: When I ripped off my mask on the Truman Balcony after returning to the White House after having Covid it was a Clark Kent into Superman moment.

GREENE: Super-hero, Mr. President!

TRUMP: And they jumped all over you about the gold star.

GREENE: The same ones who voted for the infrastructure bill.

TRUMP: First they came for you, then they voted for the infrastructure bill.

GREENE: They made me apologize—and they made me go to the Holocaust Museum. OK, there’s no comparison to the Holocaust. I believe that forced mask and forced vaccines or vaccine passports are a type of discrimination, and I'm very much against that type of discrimination. It’s more like Jim Crow than the Holocaust.

TRUMP: Speaking of Black Lives Matter, that was genius of you and Matt Gaetz to compete about which one of you would hire Kyle Rittenhouse as an intern. Genius.

GREENE: Matt started it.

TRUMP: Kyle, I got to know him a little bit. Really a nice young man. He wanted to know if he could come over and say hello because he was a fan.

GREENE: I went Matt one better. I nominated Rittenhouse for the Congressional Gold Medal.

TRUMP: If that’s not self-defense, nothing is! How can that not be a Gold Medal?

GREENE: I looked it up. George Washington, Winston Churchill, Harry Truman, Jackie Robinson. And--can you believe it--the Capitol Police who supposedly “protected” the Capitol on January 6. So, yeah, Kyle Rittenhouse. Gold Medal, not gold star, Gold Medal.

TRUMP: Think about adding Ashli Babbitt for a Congressional Gold Medal. Truly incredible person. I did a video for her birthday. She just wanted Make Pence to do the right thing. If this happened to the ‘other side,’ there would be riots all over America.

GREENE: Matt wouldn’t get on board with the Gold Medal. He put out a statement: “We are concerned that awarding Kyle with a Congressional Gold Medal will give him a big head during the internship with our office.” Yeah, he’s going to be in my office. We’re going to have to flip a coin.

TRUMP: Keep it all up. It’s working.

GREENE: The apologies? Or the Gold Medal?

TRUMP: Every time Kevin makes you apologize, or Boebert apologizes, or Gosar is censured, he loses. You gain, he loses. It’s all working. The Gold Medal works. Everything you do works. They’re making you the martyr. Everyone’s a martyr. That dead Ashli, that nice Kyle, Gosar with his cartoon, Boebert with her phobia, and you with your Holocaust. And that just means you’re like me because nobody is a bigger martyr. Watch closely. You know why Kevin said he’d get you and Gosar your assignments back? Flop sweat. Fear. Panic. Angst.

GREENE: What’s angst?

TRUMP: It’s your perfume. I can smell it a thousand miles away. Maybe getting Covid even helped my sense of smell.

GREENE: Yeah, own the libs.

TRUMP: It’s really about owning the Republicans. When they crucify you, you’re Jesus. When you’re the martyr, they follow you.

GREENE: Only you’re not Jesus.

TRUMP: The meek do not inherit the earth. Nice guys finish last. Suckers get what they deserve.

GREENE: You have a way with words.

TRUMP: Take Kevin—the more he’s frightened, the more he’s our slave. He knows you’re me. If he makes you a martyr, he gives you power over him. Just because I’m there. You’re my little terrorist. That’s how we are going to keep him as “My Kevin.”

GREENE: But what about Mark Meadows saying you should be Speaker?

TRUMP: Marjorie, sweetheart, that was Mark having a little fun with Kevin. Dance, Kevin, dance. I don’t need to be Speaker to be Speaker. Not when I have you. You win the medal. You’re the Speaker.

GREENE: Mr. President!

Sidney Blumenthal, former senior adviser to President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, has published three books of a projected five-volume political life of Abraham Lincoln: A Self-Made Man, Wrestling With His Angel ,and All the Powers of Earth. His play This Town, about a scandalous White House dog, was produced in 1995 by LA TheatreWorks. This is the eleventh in his "Trump Cycle" series of one-act plays published in The National Memo, including The Pardon, Epstein's Ghost, Ivanka's Choice, Sunset Boulevard, The Exclusive, The Role Model, A Modest Proposal, The Exit Interview, The Hitler Gospel, and Father Knows Best.

Those Six Million Jobs Biden Added? Republicans Say That's 'A Disaster'

The economy added 210,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate dropped significantly, according to the federal jobs report released on Friday.

But House Republicans who cheered comparable numbers as a "booming economy" under the last administration claim these were a "disaster" for President Joe Biden.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate dropped from 4.6 percent in October to just 4.2 percent last month — one of the lowest rates recorded in modern history. The bureau also noted that its job growth estimates for the previous two months have been off, undercounting the number of jobs created by 86,000.

Noting that the preliminary November job growth was below what some economists had been predicting, House Republicans seized on the report to suggest it was a great failure for the Biden administration.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called it "another massive miss," tweeting that "Joe Biden's economic policies can be described the same as his presidency—a total disappointment."

"Joe Biden's economy is a DISASTER. And Democrats are doubling down on their failed tax and spend policies," House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik wrote.

"Disappointing, but unsurprising," opined Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer, who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Oklahoma Rep. Kevin Hern called the "dismal November jobs report" proof that "Joe Biden's economy is in shambles."

"Anyone surprised?" mocked Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs.

But just a few years ago, House Republicans cheered similar and even smaller job growth under then-President Donald Trump as "strong numbers."

A May 2018 tweet by Emmer hailed "164k jobs created" as showing "the U.S. economy continues to grow!"

Biggs, who ridiculed the November jobs report, pointed to 250,000 new jobs in October 2018 as showing "that the U.S Economy is booming!"

Indeed the official House GOP Twitter feed used the hashtag "#BetterOffNow" in 2018 to credit those jobs to Trump's "booming economy that's built for long-term growth."

That did not pan out. Thanks in part to the COVID-19 pandemic and Trump's response, the nation lost about three million jobs over his single term in office.

Since taking over in January, Biden has reversed that and added close to six million jobs. He has significantly reduced the unemployment rate from 6.3 percent in January.

Biden has attributed much of this progress to his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which every congressional Republican voted against.

In November, House Republicans unanimously opposed passing Biden's $1.75 trillion Build Back Better jobs package, even though experts say it will create and support hundreds of thousands of clean energy and climate jobs over the next decade.

On Friday, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) — the top GOP member on the House Ways and Means Committee — suggested that because of Biden's "miserable jobs report," the Senate "ought to suspend $5T [sic] BBB until @POTUS demonstrates he can heal economy, lower inflation, get Americans back to work."

But House Budget Committee Chair John Yarmuth disagreed. The Kentucky Democrat wrote Friday:

6 million jobs created since the start of the Biden administration. Unemployment down to 4.2%. The #AmericanRescuePlan and hardworking Americans are fueling our steady economic recovery. Looking forward to passing the #BuildBackBetter Act to kick things into an even higher gear.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

McCarthy's Spineless 'Leadership' Is Destroying GOP Caucus -- And Him

Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's dreams of one day becoming speaker of the House are going up in flames as the Republican caucus devolves into a raging inferno of internecine guerrilla warfare.

Specifically, House GOP radicals have turned caucus politics into an unsightly brawl more resembling the kicking, screaming, hair pulling, and spitting of a middle-school rivalry than the growing pains of major political party plotting its path to renewed relevance.

No one is more central to this uniquely embarrassing GOP drama than McCarthy, who has turned spinelessness into an ethic in his quest for power. McCarthy's moral deficit has left any members of the GOP conference who still possess a shred of integrity to condemn the actions of the extremists putting the lives of both their GOP colleagues and Democratic counterparts at risk.

It started last month with McCarthy allowing Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia to target as "traitors" the 13 House Republicans who voted for a bipartisan infrastructure bill supported by nearly two-thirds of the country. Egged on by Greene & Co., death threats ensued, but McCarthy turned the other cheek, because speakership.

But death threats left unchecked breed more death threats and, once McCarthy proved his obsequiousness, the GOP extremists were bound to expand outward. Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado got right to work, deploying Islamophobic slurs against Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

After Boebert tagged Omar the "jihad squad” and McCarthy crawled under a rock, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois called Boebert "TRASH" for hurling the anti-Muslim trope.

But it was Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina who would draw the next trashy moniker after she "100%" condemned Boebert's dangerous antics on CNN Tuesday. In response, Greene labeled Mace "the trash of the GOP Conference" in a Tuesday morning tweet.

Despite Mace telling CNN Tuesday that she hadn't come to Congress to name-call, the exchange devolved quickly.

“Marjorie Taylor Greene is a liar. And I’m not going to tolerate lies, racism or bigotry, whether you are Republican or Democrat,” Mace said during a Tuesday interview on Neil Cavuto’s Fox Business show. “She’s crazy. She’s insane. She’s bad for the party. And I’m not going to put up with it.”

This is exactly what happens in a caucus completely devoid of moral leadership. Indeed, McCarthy has become so useless, some of the GOP's saner caucus members are actually publicly begging him to at least act like a leader.

“I think when you’re in a position of leadership, you have to stand up. You have to deal with it,” said Rep. Tom Reed of New York, one of the 13 GOP House members who voted for the infrastructure bill. “I appreciate the fact that Kevin called our colleague directly to discuss the matter with her. But at some point in time, you also have to stand up and just call it out for what it is. This type of rhetoric cannot be condoned. It cannot be upheld.”

If McCarthy had more than two brain cells to rub together, he would realize this truth: His bid for the speakership is over, particularly if he continues to let the GOP radicals roll him like a limbless log day in and day out. Last week, Greene used Rep. Matt Gaetz’s podcast to note that McCarthy doesn't have “the full support" of the caucus to be speaker.

"There’s many of us that are very unhappy about the failure to hold Republicans accountable, while conservatives like me, Paul Gosar and many others just constantly take the abuse by the Democrats," Greene said.

It’s over, McCarthy. You appeased the radicals right into burning you at the stake.

If They Win Republicans Promise To Block Biden, Promote Lies, And Defund NPR

The 2022 midterm elections are nearly a year away, but GOP leaders are already talking up what they plan to do should they win back majorities in the House of Representatives and the US Senate.

The Republicans' plan, should they win, seems to consist of three things: obstructing President Joe Biden's agenda, punishing their enemies, and consolidating power.

Since Biden was sworn into office in January, Republicans have done everything possible to block Democrats from enacting the agenda Americans voted for in November 2020.

In the House, the GOP has wasted hours by forcing lengthy roll-call votes on procedural motions to adjourn in the middle of the day. In the Senate, Republicans have filibustered many of the Biden's top legislative priorities, stalled nominees, and even forced staffers to read an entire bill aloud for hours on end just to delay its enactment.

But should Republicans gain five seats in the House or one seat in the Senate, they will be able to wield even more power to further their agenda.

When Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was Senate Majority Leader, he prevented former President Barack Obama from filling a Supreme Court vacancy for nearly all of 2016. He then spent 2019 and 2020 blocking hundreds of progressive bills from even getting a vote.

Now, McConnell is signaling that if he gets the job back, Biden should expect more of the same.

In June, McConnell warned that if a Supreme Court seat opens up in 2024 and he has a majority, he will once again prevent a Democratic president from filling it. And he recently suggested he would do nothing to avoid a catastrophic debt default, as punishment for Democrats enacting Biden's jobs bills.

"I will not be a party to any future effort to mitigate the consequences of Democratic mismanagement," McConnell said.

House Republican leaders have indicated they would enact a similar agenda of retribution if they regain control of Congress. At the center of their plans is Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who hopes to strip Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) of her Speaker of the House title.

Recently, McCarthy has fought efforts to strip Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) of their committee assignments over their inappropriate conduct. Greene has repeatedly made racist, anti-Semitic, and Islamophobic comments. She has also refused to wear a mask on the House floor despite being unvaccinated.

Last week, House Democrats voted to censure Gosar after he tweeted an animated video showing him attacking Biden and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Just two Republican House members joined with Democrats to censure Gosar: Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).

McCarthy pledged to restore both Greene's and Gosar's committee posts if Republicans win back the House. "They'll have committees," he told reporters last Thursday. "They may have other committee assignments. They may have better committee assignments."

And in his eight-and-a-half-hour-long filibuster speech last Thursday night and Friday morning, McCarthy warned that he would abolish a temporary rule allowing members to work remotely and cast their votes via proxy.

"I have spent a lot of time thinking about the next Congress," he said. "If you are all thinking of running again, for those who win, no more proxy voting. You are going to have to show up to work."

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has also outlined plans to go after her rivals if she gets the chance. Stefanik has been an outspoken critic of tech companies, accusing them of censoring and "canceling" conservatives by enforcing their terms of service against Trump and others.

Last month, Stefanik tweeted that she would fight to stop social media companies from regulating what content users can post, like misinformation and offensive content. "2022 is pivotal - we need to take back the House so that we can END big tech censorship!" she wrote.

Stefanik has also pushed to defund National Public Radio for alleged political bias and has called for investigations and a shutdown of the entire NPR network.

"What #NY21 listeners always knew - @ncpr is a taxpayer-funded front for local Socialist Democrats," she claimed, referring to North Country Public Radio in northern New York. "The entire @ncpr operation must be audited. When Republicans win the majority in 2022, they will be. DEFUND @NPR."

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.