Kevin McCarthy Don't Speak English So Good, Rachel Maddow Implies

The host aired several clips of an incoherent foreign policy speech McCarthy made on Monday.

If you've missed the way George W. Bush pronounced the word nuclear, the front-runner for Speaker of the House of Representatives may just fill that void in your life.

Uber-conservative House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will almost certainly become the next speaker. But as MSNBC host Rachel Maddow pointed out, he seems to have trouble with the English language.

On her show Wednesday, Maddow aired several clips of a speech McCarthy gave on Monday to the John Hay Initiative in Washington. McCarthy repeatedly fumbled his words, making a lot of the speech incoherent.

"In the past few years alone, I have visited Poland, Hungria, Estonia, Russia and Georgia," McCarthy said.

Hungria, Maddow pointed out, is not a country.

"George W. Bush made such a big deal with you know, 'you forgot Poland.' Well you know what? Everybody forgot Hungria," she said, slipping into laughter.

Maddow reminded viewers that if elected speaker, McCarthy would be third in the line for the presidency.

Lest you think the verbal gaffe was a one-off, Maddow rounded up one McCarthy malapropism after another:

We must engage this war of radical Islam if our life depended on it. Because it does. ...

This "safe zone" would create a stem a flow of refugees. ...

Unlike during the surge in Iraq when Petraeus and Crocker had an effective politically strategy to match the military strategy. ...

We have isolated Israel, while bolding places like Iran. ...

The absence of leadership over the past six years has had a horrific consequences all across the globe.

"He is about to be Speaker of the House -- probably the second most powerful job in Washington," Maddow said. "And the more we learn about Kevin McCarthy, the more we see him perform as a politician in public, it is becoming more and more amazing that he is about to become Speaker of the House."

Watch the clip from "The Rachel Maddow Show" above.

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