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Listen: Audio Released of Burchett and McCarthy’s Physical Confrontation

A recording of the physical confrontation between Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) and former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has been released. The incident, captured in an audio clip recorded by NPR correspondent Claudia Grisales, unfolded unexpectedly in a congressional hallway Tuesday morning.

According to Grisales’ account, McCarthy, accompanied by his security detail, appeared to shove Burchett into her during a routine interview. The unexpected action prompted a heated response from Burchett, who confronted McCarthy about the incident.


The exchange between the two representatives was marked by accusations and strong words, with Burchett calling McCarthy a “jerk” and questioning his courage. McCarthy’s denial of the elbowing incident only added fuel to the fire, leading to a brief chase down the hallway.

Burchett’s reaction, though sharp, reflects the frustration some members of the party feel towards McCarthy, especially following his ouster as House Speaker last month. His removal, which Burchett and seven other Republicans supported, had already set the stage for internal party conflicts.

The confrontation continues to show internal divisions within the Republican Party. The GOP, now under the leadership of Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), hopes to move forward ahead of a tumultuous election cycle.

  • Hank and Skank says:

    McCarthy, Is obviously a pussy. He’s the type that will sucker punch then run behind his momma crying for safety.

    His security detail needs to be fired for allowing the sucker punch. A bunch of pussies also.

  • JB says:

    Sore loser. The reporter seen it happen. So not too bright either.

  • Guest says:

    He is no longer speaker, so why does he have a security detail? He can’t stand that he is just an average congressman now and not getting lobbyist $$. I hope a solid GOP candidate runs for his seat.

  • FJB says:

    I don’t believe this story. Oh he may well have hit him, but there’s more to it. Why would anyone hit someone with a witness present? If you hit them from behind why would you leave them standing? Even a school yard bully knows you make the first hit count !

  • Tamirose170 says:

    I guess the public is still banned from looking at the video from the thousands of cameras we paid to have installed in that place, eh? Taxpayers pay for folks to watch those cameras (even the ones installed in Pelosi’s house in CA – from DC they watch) and everywhere else…..but WE the People who pay for it all have 0 right to see the videos from Jan 6th – or even the event that potentially took place with McCarthy assaulting a member of Congress? THIS is why our elected officials no longer feel that they work for us – because they have written so many Laws and Policies and pushed us out of the #1 spot – – the #2 spot is the President and then they are BELOW the the #6 spot….. but until WE remind me incessantly and when we vote OUT all Incumbents who have refused to follow what WE want and instead have run their own agenda – – Make noise about it. Pink Slips are coming!

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