GOP Congressman Says He Hopes “This Politically Driven Nightmare Is Over”


Asked about President Trump apparently questioning GOP Sen. Mitt Romney’s faith at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, “I never heard the President use the word Romney at the prayer breakfast.”

Asked if he really didn’t believe he was going after Romney, McCarthy said, “I don’t know, but I never heard him say Romney.”

Pressed further, McCarthy said: “I heard what he said at the White House, it was about an individual who voted against him, ran for president, didn’t win, I mean, that’s his vote. One thing, look, I would say today, the President’s acquitted. I would hope that this politically driven nightmare is over. If there’s anything the nation should learn, we should never go through this again. We’ve watched — this is really what Alexander Hamilton warned us all about.”

“I don’t think Romney’s effective in any shape or form,” he said.

Some background: At the National Prayer Breakfast this morning, Trump took a veiled shot at Romney for his vote. One day after Romney cited his faith as a factor in casting his impeachment vote, Trump said: “I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong.”

Then at the White House, Trump said: “You have some who used religion as a crutch. … Today — never heard him use it before. But today, you know, it’s one of those things. But you know, it’s a failed presidential candidate. So things can happen when you fail so badly running for president.”

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