Holding Huge Tech accountable turned a giant plank within the GOP after social media corporations banned some Republicans, together with former President Donald Trump and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), for spreading harmful falsehoods about COVID-19 and the 2020 presidential election.

Kevin McCarthy, the highest Republican within the Home, has been notably vocal concerning the situation, backing laws to crack down on tech corporations.

“Variety of opinion is the lifeblood of our democracy. And but that elementary American worth is below assault by Huge Tech — entities which have amassed extra energy and extra management over extra speech than every other establishment in historical past,” the Home minority chief lamented in a statement after Twitter “completely suspended” Greene this yr.

“Their latest choices to silence Individuals — together with a sitting member of Congress and famend physicians — who share views completely different from the political and media elite have actual world prices,” he added.

However McCarthy appeared to carry the alternative view a yr earlier, within the days following the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol.

In keeping with an upcoming book by two New York Times reporters, McCarthy privately advised fellow GOP lawmakers that he needed social media corporations to strip extra Republicans of their accounts, as Twitter and Facebook had accomplished with Trump.

“Can’t they take their Twitter accounts away, too?” McCarthy is quoted as saying.

McCarthy’s spokesperson denied the reporting, telling the Occasions that McCarthy “by no means stated that individual members must be faraway from Twitter.”

However Occasions reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns stated Thursday they’d obtained an audio recording confirming McCarthy’s remark.

McCarthy’s credibility is significantly in query after his flat denial of one other remark, about Trump’s culpability over the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, fell apart on Thursday. McCarthy advised GOP lawmakers he supposed to suggest Trump resign — feedback that additionally have been recorded.