Burchett is still standing by his version of events but, again, is using that old dad “not angry, just disappointed” line on McCarthy. “He got me, right in the kidneys. I mean, I’ve had that before,” Burchett told Newsman Tuesday. “I’m not going to the hospital or I’m not filing an ethics complaint on him.” Burchett went on to say that “it’s just who he is, and it’s unfortunate.” “That stated, I pray for him, I pray for him today,” Burchett said. “I’m not angry with him, I’m disappointed, and I hope he finds some happiness somewhere.” “He’s got $17 million in security detail, so I guess he can find some happiness there,” Burchett added, just to throw a bit of acid into the mix. In an appearance on Newsmax the following morning, Burchett continued to reiterate that he was praying for McCarthy, but emphasized (again, with more than a touch of acid) that he was ultimately fine. “I’ve got a 16-year-old daughter, she’s hit me harder, probably,” Burchett joked. Of course, jokes aside, this certainly isn’t an inappropriate reaction to the situation. Yes, Burchett may have taken an alleged physical attack from a former speaker who’s turned into a bully — but from the available evidence, he’s a bit more at peace than McCarthy is, that’s for sure. In addition to wide elbows in the hallways of Congress, McCarthy has taken to whining about the conservatives who deposed him to CNN, thus completing the circle of life when it comes to Republican speakership: A fresh face claims they’re the vanguard of conservative principles, then is surprised that conservatives in the Republican caucus actually expect him to follow through on that decision, then resigns bitterly and gets a job with the media, usually as the token Not That Kind of Republican™ who is nominally GOP leaning but gives cover to attacks against actual governing conservatives. (See also: Navarro, Ana.) Whether it’s punditry or lobbying, one thing is for sure: Kevin McCarthy needs prayers more than he needs a new, well-remunerated gig. We’re not angry with him, after all. We’re just disappointed.
The plot thickens. Kevin McCarthy denies delivering a “clean shot to the kidneys” on Rep. Tim Burchett as alleged payback over Speakership ouster:“I guess our shoulders hit. I did not run and hit the guy. I did not kidney punch him.” pic.twitter.com/zQSXXn1O2m — Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 14, 2023
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