(CNS News) – On Thursday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) fielded questions about the new GOP female House members who won in the election, celebrating the new diverse class of Republicans but criticizing a reporter, noting, “You can't even give us that, can you?”
At the U.S. Capitol, a reporter started to ask McCarthy, “You got in a record number of women to the conference but obviously it's still a fraction of what Democrats have in terms of diversity—”
McCarthy interjected, “You can't even give us that, can you? Go ahead, I'm sorry.”
The reporter finished asking her question about the leader’s plans to increase diversity in the Congress.
“Exactly the plan I told you two years ago.” McCarthy said. “I believe the Republican Party is much more diverse than what reflects on the floor and I think this election proved it.”
“One day you should at least let us have what took place that night, it was an unbelievable night for Republicans in Congress,” he said. “Something that we told you about two years ago, that we would be more diverse.”
CNSNews.com reported that at least 14 pro-life women won House races in the Nov. 3 election, and in seven cases they flipped Democrat-held seats. (The number has since risen to 16, with eight seats flipped.) Overall, Republicans picked up six more seats in the House.
Another reporter asked McCarthy about two new members who were subject to controversy and ties to QAnon.
McCarthy answered, “Our party is very diverse and you mentioned two people who are going to join our party, and both of them have denounced QAnon. So, the only thing I would ask of the press, these are new members, give them an opportunity before you claim what you believe what they have done and what they will do. I think it's fair for all.”