- Tucker Carlson called House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy a “puppet of the Dem Party.”
- The comment came after audio was leaked of McCarthy mulling Twitter censorship for some GOP lawmakers.
- Carlson said that McCarthy is “a man who, in private, sounds like an MSNBC contributor.”
Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday slammed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, calling him a “puppet” of the Democratic Party.
Carlson’s statements came after The New York Times published a bombshell report detailing how McCarthy was concerned about GOP lawmakers like Rep. Matt Gaetz and their potential for inciting violence following the January 6 Capitol riot.
The Times also highlighted how McCarthy, in leaked audio recordings obtained by the outlet, had mulled the possibility of censoring GOP lawmakers.
“Can’t they take their Twitter accounts away, too?” McCarthy was heard saying on a call, likely referring to how former President Donald Trump was permanently banned from Twitter after the riot.
During his show on Tuesday, Carlson criticized McCarthy for what the lawmaker said on the call.
“Kevin McCarthy of California told his close friend, Liz Cheney, that he hoped the social media companies would censor more conservative Republicans in the Congress,” Carlson said, adding that Trump had been “silenced by those companies” during his presidency.
Carlson noted McCarthy had also expressed a desire to have “tech oligarchs” take more steps to “force disobedient lawmakers off the internet.”
Commenting on McCarthy’s suggestion to remove some parties from Twitter, Carlson said: “Those are the tape-recorded words of Congressman Kevin McCarthy, a man who in private turns out sounds like an MSNBC contributor.”
The Fox News host also warned that McCarthy or “one of his highly liberal allies” would likely become Speaker of the House if conservatives didn’t “get their act together right away.”
“And that would mean we will have a Republican Congress led by a puppet of the Democratic Party,” Carlson added.
Last week, The Times reported that McCarthy had told House GOP members he planned to ask Trump to resign after the Capitol riot. McCarthy had earlier denied making those comments, both in response to multiple media outlets and in a statement posted on his Twitter account.