House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and former President Donald Trump got into an expletive-laden argument on a phone call as the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was still unfolding, 3 sources informed on the matter told NBC News on Friday.
As throngs of pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol during the accreditation of Joe Biden’s Electoral College win, which led to the death of 5 individuals, McCathry telephoned Trump to get him to manage his supporters.
Sources explained the call as “not cordial” and borderline incoherent, but it shows more than what was openly offered at the time about Trump’s real-time response to the mob. He is presently in the middle of his 2nd impeachment trial on a charge of inciting the riot.
McCarthy positioned the call to Trump, according to a source familiar with the matter. Another source told NBC News that McCarthy was shaken up throughout the call and was asking the president for assistance.
Trump informed McCarthy on the call, “Well, Kevin, I think these individuals are more upset about the election than you are,” according to Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., and another Republican member acquainted with the conversation.
CNN was very first to report Trump’s comments about the rioters being more “upset” about the election than McCarthy.
” When McCarthy finally reached the president on January 6 and asked him to publicly abort the riot, the president at first repeated the falsehood that it was antifa that had breached the Capitol,” Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wa., said in a declaration published to Twitter on Friday night.
At one point throughout the call, McCarthy told Trump: “Who the f– k do you think you are talking with?” according to a Republican legislator briefed on the discussion.
Alex Moe is a Capitol Hill producer for NBC News covering the House of Representatives.
Hallie Jackson is senior Washington reporter for NBC News.
Monica Alba is a White House reporter for NBC News.
Dartunorro Clark is a political reporter for NBC News.