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Adam Schiff says appointing Kevin McCarthy to the House speaker role would be like appointing Donald Trump

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Adam Schiff
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks at a news conference on September 21, 2021. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images
  • Adam Schiff is warning against the prospect of appointing Kevin McCarthy to the House speaker role.

  • If Republicans take back Congress next year, McCarthy could replace Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

  • "If Kevin McCarthy were ever to become speaker, essentially Donald Trump would be speaker," Schiff said.

Rep. Adam Schiff is speaking out against the possibility of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy slipping into the House speaker role.

If Republicans take back Congress in the upcoming midterm elections next year, McCarthy could replace current Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the role.

"If Kevin McCarthy were ever to become speaker, essentially Donald Trump would be speaker," Schiff said, according to the Associated Press.

This isn't the first time Schiff has levied criticism against McCarthy, a Republican representing California's 23rd district.

In a Tuesday interview with CNN, he blasted the dozens of Republican lawmakers, including McCarthy, who latched onto and amplified misinformation about the 2020 election from Trump. He also criticized Republican lawmakers for challenging the results of the election on January 6.

"What angered me the most, I think, about that day were these insurrectionists in suits and ties who were still, even after the bloody insurrection, even after the shattered glass and the death of that day, were back on the House floor trying to overturn the election," Schiff told CNN's John Berman.

"Unlike those people climbing outside the building, they knew it was a lie," he added. "The true believers were out there attacking the building. But inside the chamber, my Republican colleagues know it's a big lie."

Trump and GOP allies had for months after the November 2020 election pushed a baseless argument that said the results had been rigged because of widespread voter fraud. State and federal officials have debunked the claims numerous times.

But nearly 150 Republican lawmakers, including McCarthy, voted against now President Joe Biden's certification in January, prompting backlash from large companies and Democrats.

Schiff has also continued to speak out against Trump, even after the former president left office in January.

He told Insider earlier this week that Russian President Vladimir Putin "very easily figured out how to play Trump like a fiddle."

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