After Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who very much wants to succeed John Boehner as House Speaker, essentially admitted that the Benghazi hearings were intended to hurt Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers, a very different Kevin McCarthy begin receiving some angry backlash on Twitter.
While Congressman McCarthy uses the Twitter handle @GOPLeader, the man who owns @KevinMcCarthy just happens to be a Hillary Clinton supporter from Iowa.
On the same day Boehner announced his resignation from Congress, McCarthy tweeted:
— Kevin T. McCarthy (@KevinMcCarthy) September 25, 2015
Now, less than two weeks later, McCarthy has teamed up with The Briefing, part of Clinton’s campaign apparatus that aims to debunk misinformation about the candidate, to produce a video ad intended to clear up the confusion. Both Hillary Clinton and McCarthy shared the video they put together on Twitter Wednesday:
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 7, 2015
— Kevin T. McCarthy (@KevinMcCarthy) October 7, 2015
“You know, it was really funny at first,” McCarthy says in the ad about the trolling tweets accidentally sent his way. “And then they just kept going and going and going.” After playing a clip of McCarthy’s remarks, he urges people to direct their anger at House Republicans and not his unrelated Twitter feed. “Oh and by the way, go Hillary!” he adds at the end of the spot.
This new online ad is just the latest example of Clinton’s decision to seize on Rep. McCarthy’s unfiltered comments as proof that Republicans care more about taking her down than getting to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi. She called his comments “deeply distressing” in an interview last week and included them in her first national TV commercial released this week.
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