The top Republican leader in the House has reportedly told members of his GOP conference that the Wednesday riot at the Capitol had nothing to do with antifa, self-styled “anti-fascists” that have been involved in violent unrest in various U.S. cities.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) — the House minority leader who helped head up the effort to block the electoral certification vote in the House — urged fellow Republicans not to further spread misinformation about who was behind the Capitol riot.
“McCarthy told all members on the call that he has been receiving FBI briefings and it is clear that antifa was not behind this,” one source familiar with the call told The Hill. “That it was in fact right-wing extremists and QAnon adherents, and he urged members to stop spreading false information to the contrary.”
Citing two unnamed sources, Axios reported Tuesday that during a private call with McCarthy Monday President Trump blamed “Antifa people” for the violence at the Capitol, “even