McCarthy Claims CRT Echoes Past Dem Racism in Speech Calling for Removal of Confederate Statues

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) speaks to reporters during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 21, 2021. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) compared critical race theory to Jim Crow laws in a speech calling to remove Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol.

“America is not a racist country. America must reject critical race theory for the simple reason [that] state-sponsored racism is wrong and always will be,” McCarthy said on the House floor. “It was wrong when it was segregated lunch counters of Jim Crow, and it was wrong when it was segregated classrooms of critical race theory.”

McCarthy made his remarks on Tuesday in support of a bill to remove statues of Confederate figures from the U.S. Capitol.

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