March 4, 2021

McCarthy’s dog named after Roosevelt, who said standing by President right or wrong is ‘morally treasonable’

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
The House Minority Leader reveals his dogs are named after Teddy Roosevelt and Johnny Cash. Here's why that's ironic.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) revealed that his family had surprised him for his 55th birthday with two puppies. On Instagram, the Republican said:

“As many of you know, our dog Mac passed away in December from cancer. He was loved by our family and we miss him so much. For my birthday my family surprised me with these little guys. Teddy (Teddy Roosevelt) and Cash (Johnny Cash). They are not replacements but will fill new spots in our hearts.”

The two puppies are certainly adorable, but their names immediately brought to mind famous quotes that seem to rebuke the Minority Leader. McCarthy has been a sycophantic Trump supporter, even though he once famously said:

“There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, according to a recording of the June 15, 2016, exchange, which was listened to and verified by The Washington Post. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is a Californian Republican known in Congress as a fervent defender of Putin and Russia.

A quote that immediately comes to mind for Teddy Theodore Roosevelt as verified by Snopes:

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

Earlier this month, McCarthy shared a video showing him ripping up the articles of impeachment against Trump after Republicans voted to acquit him without hearing witnesses or admitting documents. The video was a reaction to Speaker Pelosi after she famously ripped up a copy of Trump’s State of the Union speech.

“Acquitted for life,” McCarthy said in the tweet.

McCarthy took a shot at Sen. Mitt Romney, the only Republican to vote to convict Trump.

“I don’t think Romney is effective in any shape or form,” McCarthy told a group of reporters outside the House chamber.

Even though the majority of Americans believe that Trump should have been removed from office, McCarthy has indicated he may expunge the impeachment if he becomes the next Speaker of the House. Thus, right or wrong, McCarthy will stand by Trump.

“This is the fastest, weakest, most political impeachment in history,” McCarthy told the New York Post on Wednesday. “I don’t think it should stay on the books.”

Earlier in November, McCarthy claimed that Democrats were trying to reverse the results of the 2016 presidential election by impeaching Trump. On Twitter, he mentioned 63 million Americans who voted for Trump, while omitting the 66 million who voted for Hillary Clinton.

The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf called McCarthy out for his flagrant double standard:

“Republicans want to keep a popular-vote loser in office by touting their party’s supposed regard for the will of the people. Their double standard can’t withstand scrutiny.”

Obviously, McCarthy has no problem ignoring valid Trump criticism from the majority of Americans.

Would Johnny Cash have supported Trump?

As for McCarthy’s other dog named after Johnny Cash, it is apparent that Cash would most likely not have fond of Trump’s support for white nationalists, though the Man in Black claimed no political party. Cash’s son and daughter denounced white nationalists when they used his father’s song on a radio show.

“There aren’t ‘two sides,’ there are no ‘decent’ or ‘fine’ Nazis and we will not tolerate any such group using our dad’s work for their purposes,” said Rosanne Cash.

“Let his actions speak for who he was: A simple, loving man who never supported hate or bigotry,” said John Carter Cash.

In August 2017, the Cash family was sickened when a neo-Nazi was filmed at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville wearing a shirt featuring Johnny Cash.

Taking to Facebook,  Rosanne Cash posted a defense of her father:

“Our dad told each of us, over and over throughout our lives, ‘Children, you can choose love or hate. I choose love,'” the letter continued. “We do not judge race, color, sexual orientation or creed. We value the capacity for love and the impulse towards kindness. We respect diversity, and cherish our shared humanity. We recognize the suffering of other human beings, and remain committed to our natural instinct for compassion and service.”

As you can see, McCarthy’s family chose some very interesting names for their new family pets. May they be healthy reminders to the House Minority Leader as we face an election that could finally remove a President who wants his party to normalize corruption.

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