McCarthy claims he has Trump’s blessing: ‘He wants me to be speaker’

Current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is regarded by many as a likely candidate for the speakership should his party regain a majority in the lower chamber in the 2022 midterms.

What’s more, the California congressman claims to have the support of a very powerful figure within the GOP — something that may have potential challengers to McCarthy within the House Republican caucus shaking in their boots. 

“You know, I’ve talked to President Trump many times,” McCarthy told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Friday, according to the Washington Examiner. “He tells me he wants me to be speaker, and I think he should be president.”

Is it true?

While the former president has endorsed a number of GOP primary challengers looking to 2022, he hasn’t issued a statement on McCarthy’s potential bid for the speakership, should Republicans take control of the House back from Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her ilk.

In a potential hurdle for him as he seeks Trump’s blessing, McCarthy was criticized by Fox News host Tucker Carlson earlier this year for his perceived ties to the Republican establishment.

Carlson noted that the California Republican at one point shared a house with pollster Frank Luntz.

“We’re not starting new parties”

Meanwhile, the former president himself has been dropping hints that he may seek the GOP’s nomination for the presidency again in 2024, as the Washington Examiner‘s Carly Roman reported.

While appearing as the headline speaker at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Trump told attendees that he couldn’t rule out a third White House run.

He also stressed the need for unity within the GOP and tamped down any suggestion that conservatives should consider forming a third party.

“We’re not starting new parties,” Trump declared, according to the Examiner. “You know, they kept saying, ‘He’s gonna start a brand new party.’ We have the Republican Party… It’s going to unite and be stronger than ever before. I am not starting a new party.”

MAGA rallies are back

The former president also recently revealed that he intends to resume holding his signature campaign-style rallies, with the first one scheduled for this coming weekend in Ohio, according to the New York Post.

“Relatively soon, we’ll be doing one in Florida,” Trump was quoted by the outlet as telling One America News Network in May, asked about when rallies would return. “We’re gonna do one in Ohio. We’re gonna do one in Georgia. We’re gonna do one in North Carolina.” Trump added:

We’ll be announcing them very soon over the next week or two, and I think we’ll probably start in Florida and Ohio, and we’ll be announcing the rallies very shortly.

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