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GOP Strategist: McCarthy ‘Disqualified Himself’ for House Speaker With ‘Disgraceful’ Claims on Sunday Shows

On Sunday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) dodged questions from CNN’s Dana Bash about President Donald Trump‘s inconsistent and ever-evolving statements about the infamous Trump Tower meeting.

The Republican leader, who really, really wants to be Speaker of the House was ultimately scolded by Bash for parroting “talking points” instead of answering questions and refusing to “answer the question about the lies.”

McCarthy’s lack of pushback, though, did not sit well with GOP strategist Steve Schmidt, who told MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt that McCarthy’s apparent “servility” to Trump actually disqualifies him from the Speaker job he covets so much.

“It gives me no pleasure to say this. I’ve known Kevin McCarthy for a long time and I consider him a friend. But he disqualified himself for the Speakership of the House,” Schmidt said. “At the end of the day, if one of the parties wants to make a monkey the majority leader, I’m pretty indifferent to it.”

Schmidt then continued on: “But the Speaker is a constitutional officer, third in line to the office of the President of the United States. And what you saw was a partisan there, somebody who would do anything, complete servility to the leader to Donald Trump, above the Constitution, above the system of checks and balances, above the rule of law.”

He added: “It is disgraceful to watch it.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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