Amid the rare brou-haha yesterday, Donald Trump initially refused to say if he was sticking with his support for Kevin McCarthy in his bid for Speaker of the House and blamed Mitch McConnell for “turmoil” in the Republican Party.
McCarthy lost the Speaker vote three separate times Tuesday, garnering no more than 203 votes in a contest in which he needs 218. He lost 20 votes in the final effort, an increase from the initial 19 dissenting votes.
The former President has supported McCarthy, but when asked by NBC News after the session adjourned for the day if he stands by the California Republican, Trump hedged.
“We’ll see what happens,” he said.
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By Wednesday morning, Trump had come around and issued a strongly worded statement of support on his Truth Social media platform.
“Some really good conversations took place last night, and it’s now time for all of our great Republican House Members to vote for Kevin, close the deal, take the victory, [and] watch Nancy Pelosi fly back home to a very broken California,” he wrote.
“Do not turn a great triumph into a giant … embarrassing defeat,” he pleaded. “It’s time to celebrate.”
Trump even predicted McCarthy might very well do a “great job” as Speaker of the House.
Trump’s statement seems to be a concession that one has to play ball with McCarthy, given the make-up of GOP conference.
An interesting development as Trump was accused of refusing to support more moderate Republican candidates who could ultimately win in the midterm elections and actually deliver the much-hyped red wave.
What will be even more interesting is how some of the America First lawmakers such as Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) respond to Trump’s plea.
Will they drop their opposition or risk raising the ire of the former President? It may be a wild day today to see if Trump truly maintains his grip on the MAGA element in the House.
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In further social media statements on the Speaker vote, Trump seemed less interested in blaming McCarthy’s past actions for his humiliating defeat, but rather, pointed a finger at Mitch McConnell.
“There is so much unnecessary turmoil in the Republican Party, in large part do to people like the Old Broken Crow, Mitch McConnell,” he wrote, also lumping in the Senate Minority leader’s wife and his “RINO allies.”
Trump suggested the embarrassment wasn’t what happened in the House Tuesday, the real “downer” was when McConnell and other squish Republicans voted in favor of the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill.
The real problem, he explained, are GOP lawmakers “constantly capitulating to hopeless Joe Biden and the Democrats.”
McConnell, The Political Insider reported earlier this week, will be making an appearance with President Biden to celebrate “infrastructure” spending.
The move is being heralded by the White House as an example of ‘bipartisan’ success under the Biden regime, and will see McConnell aid Democrats in their messaging that the economy is moving in the right direction under this President.
McCarthy though hasn’t exactly been the polar opposite of McConnell when it comes to his treatment of the former President.
Audiotapes this past Spring reveal McCarthy describing Trump’s actions surrounding the January 6th riot at the Capitol as “atrocious” while debating the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
It may have been a knee-jerk reaction to the events during that time, but has McCarthy truly evolved on the notion so much so that Trump will back him and his supporters will just go along with it?
How much difference is there really between him and McConnell?
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Trump has a very real problem when it comes to supporting any particular Republican for high office - differentiating between the simply deluded and the deliberate RINO's can be somewhat dangerous when there is so much crass stupidity surrounding the Republican Party.
Let us hope and pray ( Yes - pray for all you're worth !! ) that someone clearly honest and honourable can emerge from the mishmash of "Don't Know's" and "Don't Care's" forming the majority of both Congress and the Senate.
The present ONLY reason for "Voting Republican" is that they represent the lesser of Two Evils in their "Promises" to the Voting Public. The downside to that is that their "Promises" carry the same weight as those of the deliberately destructive opposition - the Demonrats!
God help America in 2023 - Please !!!!!
There is ZERO path to any speaker to the right of McCarthy. The votes are not there. What part of that do people like the author of this article not understand? Jesus even Trump gets it.
Trump endorsed Mitt Romney, and Mitch McConnell and look what happened. No McCarthy he's going to do the same thing. He's a Rino.
President Trump is determined to destroy the people who want to support him but his recent decisions now cause supporters to begin looking elsewhere. Why would trump support a known deep state RINO? Why would Trump support the Mrna non vaccines that are clearly killing people? I don't care how good a supporter you are but there is a limit to the number of stupid decisions he can make before we must find a better candidate.
Where are the votes for anybody to the right of McCarthy for speaker going to come from? Well? Huh? Tell me. Who do you want and where are you getting the votes?
Where are the votes for anybody to the right of McCarthy for speaker going to come from? Well? Huh? Tell me. Who do you want and where are you getting the votes? People like you live in some alternate reality because you sure don't live in this one.
Quite right! Trump is self-destructing and most likely taking bad advice from those he should never trust; it's also his own lack of judgment and discernment when it comes to judging and trusting those who should be supporters and advisors but instead are RINOs and Deep State operatives; in spite of good instincts and a vision that is pro-America, he has a very flawed character in his failure to admit past mistakes and acknowledge present realities such as the damage the "vaccines" have caused; not likely he can overcome his enormous ego and change in time to earn the nomination.
Trump is seriously starting to damage his MAGA.
He keeps going down this path ... he may start seeing a lot of people SOUR TO HIM!
There is ZERO path to any speaker to the right of McCarthy. None. Nada. The votes aren't there. Trump understands this. Why don't you?