On Thursday, MSNBC personality Nicolle Wallace broke away from coverage of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s floor remarks concerning Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to claim to her viewers that “what you are watching right now isn’t true.”
Wallace made her comments during her show “Deadline.”
McCarthy was speaking before Democrats held a vote to remove Greene from her committees over controversial comments she made before being elected to office.
Watch the video below.
McCarthy Blasts Democrats
McCarthy said on the House floor, “The rushed impeachment threw without a shred of due process just like today. Reducing this tool from the highest constitutional remedy to just another opportunity to fund raise and go on TV.”
“Now they are declaring the majority has veto power over the minorities members selection for committee,” McCarthy said. “We reviewed this with the parliamentarian.”
“Never before in the history of this House has the majority abused its power in this way,” he added.
The House Minority Leader then turned his sights on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
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“But it is clear that Speaker Pelosi’s caucus think differently,” McCarthy said. “They are blinded by partisanship and politics. It’s the American people who will suffer the most because of it.”
McCarthy then roundly condemned Greene’s comments before she became a congresswoman.
He said, “As far as the member in question, let me be very clear, Representative Greene’s past comments and posts as a private citizen do not represent of values of my party.”
“As a Republican, as a conservative, as an American, I condemn those views unequivocally,” McCarthy said. “I condemned them when they first surfaced and I condemn them today.”
McCarthy then focused on the QAnon conspiracy theory itself.
“This House overwhelmingly voted to condemn the dangerous lies of QAnon last Congress, and continue to do so,” McCarthy insisted. “I also made this clear when I met with representative Greene.”
— Jack St. (@coachzio) February 4, 2021
Wallace: ‘Most Of What Kevin McCarthy Is Saying… Is Not True’
“I also made clear that we as members have a responsibility to hold ourselves to a higher standard,” McCarthy said. “She acknowledged this during or conversation and apologized for her past comments.”
He emphasized, “I will hold her to her words and her actions moving forward.”
That is when Wallace cut away to tell her viewers what was ‘really’ happening.
Wallace said, breaking from covering McCarthy, “We’re going to come out of it because most of it is not true.”
Wallace then doubled down, “Most of what Kevin McCarthy is saying, while he appears to believe it as it comes out of his mouth, is not true.”
House Minority Leader McCarthy (R-CA): "When Democrats attack Congresswoman Greene, they not only ignore the infractions in their own party, they reward these members with prestige and influence.” pic.twitter.com/iLVmWZsaN8
— The Recount (@therecount) February 4, 2021
“Marjorie Taylor Greene’s committee appointments are not in the air and up for a vote today because of Democrats,” Wallace said. “It’s up in the air and up for a vote today because Kevin McCarthy can’t clean his own house.”
Then she backed Liz Cheney and continued to dump on McCarthy.
Wallace said, “He led 61 of his colleagues to vote against Liz Cheney’s leadership post because she had the audacity to call an insurrection incited by Donald Trump an insurrection inspired by and incited by Donald Trump. So what you are watching right now isn’t true.”
Wallace’s argument isn’t a set of facts. It’s her own opinion.
It’s her opinion that Democrats were kicking Greene off her committees because “Kevin McCarthy can’t clean his own house.”
It’s unclear what Wallace means by this. What action, exactly, is McCarthy supposed to take? Marjorie Taylor Greene was duly elected by the people of Georgia’s 14th Congressional District – by 75%.
And what does the Liz Cheney vote have to do with Democrats kicking Greene off her committees?
There’s nothing in the Constitution, or the law, or even the House rules that requires Democrats to remove someone from their committees because the other party held a vote in their caucus about their leadership.
The truth is, Wallace wanted to cut away from McCarthy to editorialize.
Watch the extraordinary segment here:
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