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- Trump re-upped his endorsement of Kevin McCarthy to become the next Speaker of the House.
- The ex-president warned his fellow Republicans of what can happen if more chaos ensues.
- Trump’s statement comes just hours after he appeared on the fence about McCarthy’s bid.
Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning publicly threw his support behind House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy as the Californian continues his quest to become Speaker of the House amid the most chaotic race for the top job in over a century.
“It’s now time for all of our GREAT Republican House Members to VOTE FOR KEVIN, CLOSE THE DEAL, TAKE THE VICTORY, & WATCH CRAZY NANCY PELOSI FLY BACK HOME TO A VERY BROKEN CALIFORNIA,” Trump wrote on his social media platform, Truth.
Trump’s words of support came just hours after he told NBC News that “we’ll see what happens” after McCarthy failed to win the speakership on three different ballots, the most votes it has taken to determine the gavel since 1923. Trump had previously given McCarthy his blessing for the leadership race.
“REPUBLICANS, DO NOT TURN A GREAT TRIUMPH INTO A GIANT & EMBARRASSING DEFEAT. IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE, YOU DESERVE IT,” Trump added.
It’s unclear if the former president’s renewed support will change anything.
As many as 20 Republicans voted for another Speaker candidate during the three successive votes. Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, one of the most vocal anti-McCarthy lawmakers, went so far as to suggest McCarthy is a “squatter” since he moved into the speaker’s office without actually securing the job. Trump also failed in his other major GOP leadership push to oust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
House lawmakers are expected to continue voting this afternoon. Until a speaker is selected, lawmakers cannot finish the basic formalities of starting a new Congress, including swearing in members.
While Trump continues to boost McCarthy, the former president took another swipe at McConnell. President Joe Biden and McConnell will hold a joint event later today to hail how the bipartisan infrastructure bill will help replace a major crumbling bridge connecting Kentucky and Ohio. Despite selecting her for his cabinet, Trump also continued to use a xenophobic slur in reference to former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is also McConnell’s wife.
“The harm they have done to the Republican Party is incalculable,” Trump said of McConnell and Chao.
McConnell recently said that Trump’s political standing was “diminished.”