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No One Gets Left Behind? Ask GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy



You can start with the Maddow clip above-- or with Mark Liebovich's NY Times report about Kevin McCarthy from Sunday:


After the House chamber was evacuated on Jan. 6, Mr. McCarthy retreated to his Capitol office with a colleague, Representative Bruce Westerman, Republican of Arkansas. When it became evident the rioters were breaking in, Mr. McCarthy’s security detail insisted he leave. But Mr. Westerman was left behind in Mr. McCarthy’s inner work area, he said in a recent interview.
For protection, Mr. Westerman said he commandeered a Civil War sword from an office display, barricaded himself in Mr. McCarthy’s private bathroom and waited out the siege while crouched on the toilet.
Friends describe the postelection period as traumatic for Mr. McCarthy, who publicly perpetuated the fiction that Mr. Trump had won while privately asking him to stop.

A local Arkansas TV station, KATV, reported that "During the riot, Westerman tweeted, 'Americans will always disagree on politics, but violently storming our nation’s Capitol is absolutely unacceptable. People are getting hurt. Enough.' It is unknown if Westerman was in McCarthy’s bathroom at that point."


Westerman has been hiding again, refusing to comment on how he felt about being abandoned to the murderous right-wing mob by Leader McCarthy. When he first campaigned for Congress in 2014, he told voters that God had told him to run. Since the incident in McCarthy's toilet Westerman has laid low. The last on the record topic he discussed was his hatred for the For the People Act (HR-1), which he called "dangerous" and "horrible for the country." And, of course, "Socialism!!!"


Westerman represents a politically backward Arkansas congressional district that gave Trump 64.2% of its vote in 2016, watched him in the White House for 4 years and then gave him 67.7% of its vote this last November. The district comprises most of the western part of the state, minus Fort Smith and Fayetteville, most of the southern part of the state minus the Delta, and most of the central part of the state. other than the Little Rock area. Even though it does include Hot Springs and Pine Bluff, it was designed to make sure morons would always have at least one representative in Congress. It borders on Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana. Two years ago the PVI was R+17; now it's R+20. There are 33 mostly rural counties in the district, all but Jefferson (a majority black country) blood red.