House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was booed as he began a virtual appearance at former President Donald Trump’s rally in Wyoming on Saturday.
Videos circulating on social media show McCarthy, a Republican from California, mocking Trump supporters as he virtually supported Harriet Hagemen, a GOP candidate running for Congress against Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney.
McCarthy was recently embroiled in controversy after a leaked audio recording showed him telling Cheney and other lawmakers that he wanted Trump to resign from office following the January 6, 2021 riot at the US Capitol. -United. The recording painted a very different picture of McCarthy’s views than he portrayed to the public at the time, leading several Republican lawmakers and groups to criticize him for lying and appearing to play both sides.
The House Minority Leader initially tried to deny the recording as “totally untrue and untrue”, and then tried to say that his statements only marked one potential storyline being discussed at the time.
Since then, he has appeared at several events praising Trump, leading some to believe he fears tarnishing a relationship with the former president amid the 2022 midterm elections. For his part, Trump said after the leaked recording that he thought McCarthy had an “inferiority complex”, but later said the incident had not affected their relationship.
“I think it’s all a big compliment, frankly,” Trump said. The Wall Street Journal last month, referring to McCarthy and other Republicans who initially criticized him after the insurrection but later returned to his side. “They realized they were wrong and backed me up.”
“I think I had a very good relationship with [McCarthy]”, added the former president.” I like it. And aside from that brief period of time, I suspect he likes me a lot.”
The rally in Wyoming marks an opportunity for Trump to rally against Cheney, who voted to impeach the former president and has been one of his most prominent Republican critics. However, the event comes after several of Trump’s recent endorsements in the Republican primaries failed to gain traction.
The rally also comes after Trump faced major legal setbacks in New York this week. A federal judge has dismissed his lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James, while another court has ruled that two of his children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, should be questioned under oath in connection with the ongoing criminal investigation.