Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy said that he listened to President Joe Biden's inaugural address about tension and division in the country and that he looked forward to "go forth from here together."
"We should also remember that this is not the end, but just the beginning. As leaders, we are judged not by our words, but by our actions. So let's go forth from here together, accomplish great things for the American people. And every time you look at this photo, remember the beginning of the job we have to do," he said.
McCarthy presented President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris with a photo from the inauguration ceremony.
"Our task as leaders is to bind this nation's wounds and dedicate ourselves to the values of all Americans shared together. With modern technology just a few minutes ago, it captured in these pictures, history in the making for all the world to see. This picture should serve as a reminder of that task that we have before us," he said.
Some background: Republican representatives said that McCarthy was supportive of their plans to oppose the electoral college count and object to certifying President Biden's win earlier this month.
This was a stark contrast from the position of many prominent Republicans — including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney and the former House speaker, Paul Ryan – who publicly and privately raised major concerns about an effort that is doomed to fail but is bound to sow distrust over the sanctity of US elections.