Republican representative Kevin McCarthy made one of the most colossal blunders of recent memory last week when he implied that the House of Representative's Special Committee on Benghazi was simply put in place to attack Hillary Clinton's reputation.

"We put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable," said McCarthy in an interview.

McCarthy, who serves as the House Majority Leader, was sitting atop the pile of potential names to take over as Speaker of the House after current speaker John Boehner retires at the end of this month. His horrendous gaffe, however, is drawing ire, especially from within the Republican party.

Trey Gowdy, who serves as the leader of the Benghazi Special Committee, had especially strong words for McCarthy. "Yes, he’s apologized as many times as a human can apologize. It doesn’t change it. It doesn’t fix it. Kevin is a friend, which makes the disappointment, frankly, even more bitter."

Gowdy, who is especially proud of the work he's done on the Benghazi committee to try to bring to light why American lives were lost in the bombing of a U.S. consulate building, is right to call out McCarthy for his mistakes. By insinuating that all the pressure on Hillary Clinton has only been to damage her reputation, the Republican party instead loses all its political reputability.

Hillary's campaign has jumped on McCarthy's mistake and is already rolling out opposition advertisements that make the Republicans look like war mongers hungry for Hillary's political demise.

McCarthy is now out of the running for Speaker of the House. And it's a good thing too. Someone who is unable to think about how their words can and will be used against them has no place in politics.

Thankfully Trey Gowdy has distanced himself from McCarthy and we can hope that the work on the Benghazi committee will continue.

h/t: Patriot Post

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