Calls to impeach President Joe Biden should Republicans take back control of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections have been loud and strong in the wake of soaring gas prices, inflation, crime, supply shortages, and a certain son’s questionable business practices, but when asked if he would join the chorus, House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) blinked, stating Republicans wouldn’t use the power of impeachment “for political purposes.”
Appearing with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures,” McCarthy stated, “America’s been through too much” to play politics with the idea of removing a sitting president.
Bartiromo played a clip from an interview she conducted Friday with Rep. Greg Murphy (R-NC), in which Murphy argued that, while there are certainly plenty of good reasons to impeach Biden, Congress isn’t in a hurry to make Kamala Harris the President of the United States.
“There’s plenty if you look at Afghanistan, you look at the border crisis, you look at so many of these different things,” said Murphy. “The sad thing is, Maria, look at who’s Number Two… I think Number Two is worse than Number One.”
“So this is the predicament that we’re in,” Murphy continued. “But these offenses that this president has done against the heart and soul of this country, against law and order, I think, stands our grounds for impeachable offenses.”
When asked to comment on Murphy’s reasoning and whether or not he would support impeachment, McCarthy danced around the issue as only a politician can.
“Look, the one thing we learned that the Democrats did is they used impeachment for political reasons,” McCarthy said. “We believe in the rule of law. We’re not going to pick and choose just because somebody has power. We’re going to uphold the law.”
“At any time if someone breaks the law and the ramification becomes impeachment, we would move towards that, but we’re not going to use it for political purposes,” McCarthy continued. “Our focus is going to be securing our border, making us energy independent, bringing these prices down, making our schools safe and our streets again, and holding this administration accountable.”
“And we will take the facts to wherever they go, because America’s been through too much with people playing politics with the concept of impeachment,” McCarthy stated. “But if it rises to that level, we would have the law determine that.”
While McCarthy is correct that Americans endured a lot during the two impeachments that plagued former President Donald Trump’s presidency, and while conservatives are definitely wondering what has happened to the rule of law, if reactions on Twitter are any indication, his equivocating on this issue has not ingratiated him with Republican voters.
“McCarthy is another feckless stiff in a suit…” tweeted one user.
Another noted that “McCarthy’s district [in California] has one of the highest crime rates in America.”
“They are all practicing self preservation,” stated another.
And a fourth Twitter user wants McCarthy to jump on impeachment proceedings if Republican regain the majority, “before we starve to death next year.”
McCarthy is another feckless stiff in a suit…
— Patrick GreenClover (@GatelyPatrick) April 10, 2022
McCarthy’s district has one of the highest crime rates in America.
— Auntie Cassie (@OrrCorr) April 10, 2022
They are all practicing self preservation
— Linda Pease (@worldgirl09) April 11, 2022
He better ASAP before we starve to death next year.
— HorseNAround #BTC ⚡☮️ 🌎 (@horsenaroundd) April 11, 2022
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