Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., gave a thoughtful response to a reporter recently when asked about President Donald Trump’s claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
He explained, “In America, you are ENTITLED to raise a question. You’re entitled to question whether it was honest or not. That’s the uniqueness of the First Amendment. That’s the uniqueness of America. But you know what? You shouldn’t be prosecuted for your thoughts.”
He also noted that there was a double standard between how Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Al Gore were treated when they questioned presidential election results as opposed to how President Trump has been treated.
McCarthy stated, “I can say the same thing that Hillary Clinton says in her election when she lost. I can say the SAME thing about the DNC who said it about the 2016 race. I can say the same thing about those in the Democratic Party from the leadership on down about George Bush winning, that Al Gore did. Were any of THEM prosecuted? But were any of THEM put in jail? …the answer is NO.”
He later added, “And the difference here is when Hillary Clinton said it, nothing happened to her. When they said it in Georgia’s election nothing happened to them either. You know what, when the DNC said it, nothing happened to them either. So, STOP using government to go after people who politically disagree with you. That is WRONG, and that should stop now.”
President Trump was arraigned for a third time this year last week when he faced four federal charges in Washington, D.C., in relation to Jan. 6, 2021.
The president has previously said that the 2020 presidential election was a “horror show” that facilitated “one of the greatest criminal acts ever.”