Kevin McCarthy says its “unfortunate” Biden has more power than George Santos

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) listens to a question at a press conference.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) listens to a question at a press conference. Photo: Screenshot

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has continued to defend gay Rep. George Santos (R-NY), despite seemingly endless revelations that Santos lied about his entire life story, allegedly stole from roommates, and allegedly violated campaign finance laws.

And in a recent interview on Fox News, McCarthy seemed to make it clear that even a Republican like Santos is preferable to any Democrat.

Fox correspondent Mark Levin asked McCarthy, “Who has more power, Joe Biden or George Santos?”

McCarthy burst out laughing in response and answered, “Well, right now I think it is the President, Joe Biden,” before muttering under his breath, “unfortunately.”

People are not happy with this response.

McCarthy has repeatedly been criticized for standing by Santos, allowing him to receive committee assignments and recently getting angry with the media for pressing him on the subject. McCarthy denied he is standing by Santos simply because calling for his resignation could cost the Republicans a congressional seat.

“You know why I’m standing by him? Because his constituents voted for him. I do not have the power, simply because if I disagreed with somebody or what they have said that I remove him from elected office…If for some way when we go through Ethics that he has broken the law, then we will remove him. But it’s not my role. I believe in the rule of law. A person is innocent until proven guilty.”

In another interview, a reporter continuously called him out for refusing to support ousting Santos.

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