On Monday, CNN host Very Jake Tapper on “The Lead” reacted to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), soon to be House Speaker’s, denial about his exchange with Representative Liz Cheney (RINO-WY), where he said he would recommend that then-President Donald Trump should resign. This was in the aftermath of the January two-and-a-half-hour riot that the Democrats and misinformation news media folks like Jake Tapper called an insurrection. The real insurrection happened on November 3, 2016, and it hasn’t stopped since.
Tapper said, “Moments ago at the press conference on the border. You asked McCarthy about the big story involving McCarthy. The audio revealing that he had, in fact, told House Republicans that he would recommend that Donald Trump resign after January 6. That’s something that McCarthy brazenly had denied, and it’s been proven publicly that he was lying. What did McCarthy have to say?”
Correspondent Melanie Zanona said, “Well, I asked him flat-out, Jake, why were you not truthful about the private conversations? Remember, he flatly denied that reporting, and then the audios were released. Take a listen to what he had to say.”
Let’s get something straight right off the bat. Jake Tapper and everyone else at CNN, for over two years, lied to their audiences every day about Trump-Russia collusion. They never apologized. CNN and the rest of the misinformation news media lied daily about the former president and none of them apologized. When every lie was debunked, they just doubled down.
After the 2020 election steal, Tapper drew a line on CNN saying “No ‘Big Lie’ proponents on-air.” He took part in the censorship cover up of the 2020 election irregularities. He has one job; to report the truth to the people. You would think with so many people testifying in legislature hearings over election and voter fraud that Tapper and his ilk would have at least been curious as to what all the hullabaloo was about. But no. Tapper towed the company line, and by company, I mean the Democratic Party. So please forgive me if I don’t take anything this man says seriously.
During a press conference on the US-Mexico border, McCarthy said, “The reporter never asked me that question. The reporter came to me the night before he released the book. And my understanding was he was saying that I asked President Trump to resign. No, I never did. That’s what I was answering. If you’re asking now, did I tell my members that — ask them if I told any one of them that President Trump, the answer is no?”
Zanona came back, “So essentially, what McCarthy is trying to say here is that he thought the Times was reporting that he had asked Trump to resign. That is not what the Times reported. They just reported he had told other House Republicans that he planned to ask Trump to step down. And also, it is very important to point out here that McCarthy issued a statement vehemently denying The New York Times’ reporting, calling it false and wrong after the Times had already published their article. So if he was confused about the reporting at the point when he was denying it, he should have known what was being reported.”
Tapper said, “That doesn’t even make any sense, his denial. As you know, his denial came out after the story.”
Zanona said, “It’s confusing, but I think he’s trying to make it confusing.”
Tapper said, “Yes, you can lie, and then you can be good at lying. Not that there’s any great thing about being good at lying, but that’s just a horrible lie.”
Here is what McCarthy said to Liz Cheney in the leaked secret recording about Trump:
“I think [impeachment resolutions] will pass, and it would be my recommendation you should resign. What he did is unacceptable. Nobody can defend that and nobody should defend it.”
Cheney then asked McCarthy if he thought Trump would resign and McCarthy replied:
“My gut tells me no. I’m seriously thinking of having that conversation with him tonight. Um, from what I know of him, I mean you guys all know him too, do you think he’d ever back away? But what I think I’m going to do, is I’m going to call him.”
But we need to remember that context is everything. This was said during the period of time when everyone on the Left was arguing that the Capitol riot was an insurrection. There are many questions about what started the riot, but I think we can safely say that Donald Trump did not incite the riot. His words and his actions did not call on anyone to riot. And, Liz Cheney has repeatedly lied about the former president’s actions about the riot, claiming as the riot was going on, Trump sat back and did nothing. When that call happened, no investigations took place yet. Everything being said on news stations across the world were the planned statements from the Democratic Party. I’m not excusing what McCarthy said to Cheney, and I would prefer Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) be elected Speaker if the GOP wins back the House in November, but let’s be clear that McCarthy was working in the political environment that the Democrats created four years prior, and Jake Tapper and CNN were a part of it.
What Tapper and Zanona won’t tell you because the entire segment was done to harm Republicans, specifically McCarthy and Trump, is that Trump and the Minority Leader spoke over the weekend about his conversation with Cheney and the former president was not mad at McCarthy. He understands what happened and why it happened.
What I want to know is when will CNN admit that they lied every day of Trump’s presidency about him and anyone who supported him? I won’t hold my breath.