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If, however, you like hilarious bits about 106.7 The Fan and Taco Bell and press junkets and celebrities who have been interviewed by Kevin McCarthy, you should probably instead choose @KevinMcCarthyTV.
And most importantly, if you’re really mad about a year-old transcript of a politically explosive assertion made among GOP leaders in a private conversation on Capitol Hill, you should send your outrage to @GOPLeader.
If, however, you would like to make a comment about the newest “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, you should probably send your observations to @KevinMcCarthyTV.
These are tricky instructions though. And so the younger Kevin McCarthy — the one who’s appeared Friday mornings on the Junkies for more than a decade as their resident film reviewer and fast talker — periodically receives a surge of online attention whenever the older Kevin McCarthy winds up in the news. As he did this week, via that aforementioned explosive Washington Post story.
“I can’t even begin to imagine what @KevinMcCartyTV’s mentions are about to be,” tweeted 106.7 The Fan’s Brendan Darr Wednesday evening, as the story about the Majority Leader burst onto the internet.
“Oh God what happened,” thought the movie reviewer, who is in the process of moving and hadn’t been glued to the news.
And then the deluge began.
“You are a cheap, partisan, foolish weasel! Idiot! Oh yes, I’m ‘100% confident’ you’re an [awful word],” one fan wrote.
“Do you have faith in the President?” another asked.
“You slimy coward GOP sellouts are on your way out,” another said.
McCarthy “says no one believed him when he said ‘Putin pays @realDonaldTrump.’ Yes we do. We do indeed. #russiagate #ComeyMemo,” a fan wrote.
“Please provide evidence to publicly support your comment that President Trump is on Putin’s payroll,” someone asked.
“Amazing that you denied story-then told it was in transcripts,said they were doctored-then told it was tapes-Lies,” someone else observed.
“If it looks like a duck quacks like a [bleep] ITS NOT A DOG ITS A DAM DUCK I learned in life 7 out of 10 a joke tends to be #true,” wrote one final movie fan, and really, never ever ever read tweets about politics.
“What a beautiful message,” our plucky film reviewer replied. “Thanks for thinking of me. THE MIGHTY DUCKS is one of my all-time favorite movies! Also liked D2!”
This, you see, has been his strategy since the interloping Kevin McCarthy rose to political prominence: to respond to the slobbering incoherent political rants sent to his attention with jokes about movies.
And so ask him for evidence of Putin’s payments to Trump, and he will recommend you see “Logan.” Ask him about #Russiagate, and he’ll talk about “Enemy at the Gates.” Complain that the GOP Majority is acting like a minority party, and he’ll change the topic to “Minority Report”. Ask if he has faith in the president, and he’ll reference Michael Douglas’s “The American President.”
“I can still give them a movie review and call them out at the same time,” the non-politically inclined McCarthy said in a phone conversation this week. “Here’s the thing: People hide behind a keyboard and then they say the most ridiculously hateful things you can imagine, things you would never say to someone’s face. There’s something interesting about the internet, and about calling people out and showing how much hatred there is. But I also find it funny to give them movie recommendations.”
The older McCarthy has even gotten in on the act; earlier this year, he responded to a confused thread involving @KevinMcCarthyTV that was supposed to be about Obamacare by endorsing McCarthy’s movie reviews.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) January 4, 2017
McCarthy also reviews movies for “Fox and Friends,” and that morning program had him on in 2015 to talk about his frequently confused Twitter friends. And so this, at last, is something the two McCarthy men share: They both make successful appearances on various Fox networks.