Representative Tim Burchett alleges that former Speaker Kevin McCarthy intentionally shoved him from behind.
Rep. Burchett is one of the Republicans who helped vote to remove McCarthy as the Speaker of the House.
Burchett says he doesn’t see a point in filing an ethics complaint because he foresees McCarthy being out of here by Christmas.
What a COMPLETE POS McCarthy is‼️ RESIGN‼️‼️ Tim Burchett should have him arrested for assault‼️🤬 https://t.co/ag9lcfdGMW
— MAGA Kitty (@SaveUSAKitty) November 14, 2023
Fox News has more on the story:
In an on-camera interview from the Capitol Hill outdoor steps after the alleged incident, Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., alleged McCarthy came up and took a “cheap shot from behind.”
“You don’t expect that sort of thing from an adult, certainly not one who was once third in line for the White House,” Burchett said.
Burchett told reporters that McCarthy’s actions seemed “deliberate.”
“I’ll take a polygraph test. And have Kevin take a polygraph test,” he said. “It was deliberate. It was just a cheap shot by a bully.”
Burchett said he didn’t plan on taking further action against McCarthy, including any House ethics complaint, adding of the former House Speaker would likely “cash in” after Christmas.
“I don’t think it’s OK. These ethics complaints go on for years, and he’s going to be out of here after Christmas. Like I said, he has $17 million and a security detail, and he’ll still be a bully.”
“It’s just like it’s always been. We’re not having duels out here,” Burchett said when asked what the incident might say about the state of Congress. “They’ve had duels in the past and fistfights and everything else. It’s just human nature.”
McCarthy is acting like a spoiled toddler.
Keep crying, McCarthy; we didn’t want you as the Speaker.
Kevin McCarthy should be arrested for Assault & Battery
— Anthony Sabatini (@AnthonySabatini) November 14, 2023
idk kinds seems like Capital Police should do an investigation of Kevin McCarthy's shove, security footage stills should be released, and, if the investigation pans out, McCarthy should be booked for assault.
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) November 14, 2023
The Hill shares more on the story:
McCarthy has been generous in his criticism of the lawmakers since being booted from the top chair, particularly Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who led the effort to oust the Speaker last month.
In an interview with CNN several days ago, McCarthy said he thinks House Republicans would benefit “tremendously” if Gaetz was no longer a member.
“He’ll admit to you personally is he doesn’t have a conservative bent in his philosophy and just the nature of what he focuses on,” McCarthy said, adding “people have to earn the right to be here.”
Pressed about Burchett and Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), who also voted to oust McCarthy, the former Speaker said both “care a lot about press not about policy.”
“So, they seem to just want the press,” McCarthy said.
But talking to CNN later on Tuesday, Burchett accused McCarthy of being “a bully with $17 million in security.”
“He’s the type of guy that, when you’re a kid would throw a rock over the fence, and run home and hide behind his momma’s skirt,” he said.
The Republican Party is moving on from RINOs like McCarthy.
We want new people that will more accurately represent us.
McCarthy is not someone we want anymore.