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Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy looks off-camera to the left. He is strongly frowning.
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Former House Speaker and current Republican California Representative Kevin McCarthy announced earlier this week that he would be leaving Congress by the end of December — after resolutely insisting that "I never quit" after his ouster from the position of House Speaker in October.

This seemingly abrupt about-face from McCarthy has led to a significant amount of ridicule both online and in the news and X, formerly Twitter, users added to the pile-on in one of the pettiest ways possible: with a fact check courtesy of an X Community Note.

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