The Republican party has seen its fair share of defectors since former President Donald Trump's ascent to the White House following the 2016 election. But while most of these departures were a result of the extreme right-wing views touted by Trump and his base, others occurred because these views weren't extreme enough.
That's where far-right former Senate candidate Daniel McCarthy of Arizona comes in. For years, McCarthy was vocally pro-Trump, even asking then-President Trump to enlist him for Vice President and endorsing Trump to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
But shortly after the deadly failed insurrection against the United States Capitol exactly one year ago today, McCarthy soured on the President he once supported. According to him, the Capitol Riots were a "staged event" and Trump is a "pawn for the cabal." McCarthy has also heavily criticized Trump for not firing National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci, whose pandemic guidance has enraged conservatives since the early days of the pandemic.
Now, two years after his failed Senate bid, McCarthy has released an ad skewering Trump while challenging him to a debate at his upcoming Arizona rally.
McCarthy addresses Trump in the video:
"The world is waking up to your massive grift. Please stop with the smoke and mirrors with these audits, stop with your fundraising, stop with establishment candidate endorsements. Stop pushing this gene therapy sauce. I hear you're coming to Florence, Arizona for another one of your do-nothing, rah-rah session rallies. I have an offer for you. I will give $1 million to the charity of your choice if you take 30 minutes of your stage time on January 15 and debate me or answer my questions even in front of your crowd."
He goes on to accuse Trump of ushering in "medical tyranny," of exploding the national debt, and of eroding American sovereignty, and of setting up the January 6 "protesters," among other things.
"I look forward to seeing you on January 15, although I know you won't do it, cause you're a little b**ch."
He then takes a flamethrower to one of Trump's infamous MAGA hats and proceeds to flatten the charred hat with his truck.
The bizarre video made waves on social media.
And though many didn't espouse McCarthy's far-right views, they were still entertained.
Trump has yet to respond to McCarthy's challenge.