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Dave Kopperman
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Posted: 25 January 2023 at 8:23pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

There's an interview clip with Kevin McCarthy about George Santos with one quote that really, really bothered me.  When asked by a reporter as to whether he was going to take any action against Santos due to the allegations about him, McCarthy replied "what are the charges against him?"

It's clear that McCarthy thinks that by flipping the conversation from allegations or extensive admitted and documented falsehoods and associated grifting to 'charges,' it's a burn on the reporter. But it's more like a self-burn... or a burn on Democracy.  Because the direct implication here is that in order for a member of his coalition to face any penalties from the party, actual criminal charges need to have been filed - a real lowering of the ethical Limbo stick.

LINK (Seth Meyers.  Whole thing is worth watching, but the money shot is around the 12:30 mark.  Apologies for secondary sources - can't find the original CNN interview).
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