McCarthy accused of shoving Republican who helped oust him: ‘Cheap shot from behind’

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has been accused of shoving a Republican congressman who helped oust him as House speaker. 

In an on-camera interview from the Capitol Hill outdoor steps after the alleged incident, Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., alleged McCarthy came up and took a “cheap shot from behind.” 

“You don’t expect that sort of thing from an adult, certainly not one who was once third in line for the White House,” Burchett said. 

Burchett told reporters that McCarthy’s actions seemed “deliberate.” 

“I’ll take a polygraph test. And have Kevin take a polygraph test,” he said. “It was deliberate. It was just a cheap shot by a bully.”

Burchett said he didn’t plan on taking action against McCarthy, including any House ethics complaint, adding of the former House Speaker, “He’s going to be out by Christmas.” 

The alleged physical altercation occurred when Burchett was being interviewed by NPR correspondent Claudia Grisales, who recounted the ordeal in a thread on X. 

Fox News has reached out to McCarthy’s office for comment.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Fox News’ Brianna O’Neil and Kelly Phares contributed to this report.

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