With Republican House candidates widely predicted to overtake the lower chamber and secure majority control, the next big step will be the decision of who the House — and by extension, voters — wants as its new speaker.
Former President Donald Trump, known as the “kingmaker” given that his endorsements hold so much weight, is likely to toss a name in the ring of who he believes would make the best Republican speaker of the House and in a recent, telling interview, Trump made clear that, so far, it’s not Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
The 45th president made clear that while he endorsed McCarthy officially for his House seat, the speaker’s gavel is not included.
McCarthy has lost popularity within Trump’s loyal base of MAGA supporters, mostly due to the California Republican’s flip-flopping on support for the former president after the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, though the two men seem to be on good terms, publicly.
“No, no, no”
During the interview with host Wayne Allyn Root, Trump was forced to correct the host when he assumed Trump had endorsed McCarthy for the speakership.
“No, I haven’t,” Trump said, referring to whether he had endorsed McCarthy for the speakership. “No, no, no. I haven’t.”
Trump made clear that he hadn’t endorsed anyone for the top leadership spot in the House.
“No, I endorsed him in his race. But I haven’t endorsed anybody for speaker,” Trump continued.
Trump not only refused to endorse McCarthy, but he also took several shots at the Republican, calling his decision to completely pull out of the Jan. 6 House select committee a “bad” and “foolish” decision, as Mediaite reported.
“This committee, it was a bad decision not to have representation on that committee,” Trump said.
Now Trump calling McCarthy’s decision to yank all Republicans off Jan. 6 committee “foolish.”
“it was a bad decision not to have representation on that committee,” Trump said. “That was a very, very foolish decision …”https://t.co/FKxG11B7Ok
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He added: “That was a very, very foolish decision because they try to pretend like they’re legit, and only when you get into the inner workings you say ‘what kind of a thing is this?’ Just a one-sided witch hunt.”