House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) attempted to defend Donald Trump on Thursday after the president received criticism for attacking Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) during the National Prayer Breakfast.
Not only did McCarthy defend Trump, but he also claimed that the president never attacked Romney because he didn’t mention him by name, according to Politico.
“I never heard the president use the word ‘Romney’ at the prayer breakfast,” said McCarthy, who also attended the breakfast.
Trump might not have used Romney’s name, but he described his actions.
“I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong nor do I like people who say, ‘I pray for you,’ when they know that’s not so. So many people have been hurt and we can’t let that go on,” Trump said at the breakfast.
Less than 24 hours before, Romney was on the Senate floor citing his faith as a reason that he couldn’t dismiss his oath before God to weigh the evidence with an impartial eye.
McCarthy also attacked Romney.
“I don’t think Romney is effective in any shape or form,” McCarthy said outside the House chamber.