In an expletive-laden argument that took place over the phone between Donald Trump and Republican leader Kevin McCarthy during the Capitol insurrection, Donald Trump told McCarthy that the rioters cared more about the election results than he did.
As legions of Trump’s supporters attacked the Capitol, McCarthy called Trump to ask him to call off the attack and Trump questioned his support according to Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA, 3rd) and another unnamed Republican.
According to Beutler, McCarthy asked Trump “to publicly and forcefully call off the riot.”
Trump replied by saying that it was Antifa, and not his supporters, that were attacking the capital. When McCarthy disputed the president’s claim, Trump lashed out at McCarthy.
“Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are,” Herrera told NBC.
McCarthy responded by asking the president “Who the f—k do you think you are talking to?” a Republican lawmaker briefed on the conversation told NBC.
Herrera Beutler issued a statement Friday night calling on Republicans to speak up about the conversations if they had any further details.
“To the patriots who were standing next to the former president as these conversations were happening, or even to the former vice president: if you have something to add here, now would be the time,” she wrote.
Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH, 16th), who voted to impeach Trump, said that the call was problematic.
“I think it speaks to the former President’s mindset,” Gonzalez said. “He was not sorry to see his unyieldingly loyal vice president or the Congress under attack by the mob he inspired. In fact, it seems he was happy about it or at the least enjoyed the scenes that were horrifying to most Americans across the country.”
Trump and McCarthy have failed to respond to requests, from multiple media outlets, for comment.