NBC News reports:
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy urged calm Sunday and said Americans should not protest if former President Donald Trump is indicted and arrested in a hush-money investigation in New York, contradicting Trump, who called on his supporters Saturday to “Protest, take our nation back!”
“I don’t think people should protest this, no. And I think President Trump, if you talk to him, he doesn’t believe that, either,” McCarthy, R-Calif., said in response to a question from NBC News during House Republicans’ retreat in Orlando. He said later: “Nobody should harm one another … We want calmness out there.”
But during the same news conference, McCarthy gave a full-throated defense of Trump, dismissing New York County District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s investigation as politically motivated and saying he’s uninterested in cracking down on rising crime in New York City.
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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy urged calm Sunday and said Americans should not protest if former President Donald Trump is indicted and arrested in a hush-money investigation in New York. https://t.co/3XFuQe7Dk9
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 20, 2023
TRUMP INDICTMENT IMMINENT?: House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is urging supporters to not protest should Trump be indicted, amid claims from the former President that he could be arrested this week. ABC’s Andrew Dymburt has more. pic.twitter.com/9srtunRsNS
— ABC World News Now (@abcWNN) March 20, 2023