Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and former president Donald Trump engaged in a heated phone call during the attack on the US Capitol, according to new information reported by CNN.
The California congressman is said to have asked Trump to call off his supporters from breaching the building, telling him that they were breaking into his office through windows. Republicans briefed on the Jan. 6 phone call told CNN that Trump told McCarthy the violent mob cared more about the results of the election than he did. “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are,” Trump said.
McCarthy responded “Who the f–k do you think you are talking to?” according to one Republican lawmaker with knowledge of the phone conversation.
On CNN right now: @jamiegangel reporting this new exchange from McCarthy’s heated call with Trump during the insurrection:
Trump: “Well Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.”
McCarthy: “Who the f*** do you think you are talking to?”
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) February 12, 2021
Republicans told CNN that the conversation provided insight into what the president was thinking as the violent mob breached the Capitol building. They say it appeared Trump had no plan to call off the attack, despite calls from lawmakers to do so.