Donald Trump came out with enthusiastic backing for Kevin McCarthy‘s bid for House Speaker, calling on Republicans to vote for him after he failed to earn enough support in the new GOP majority on Tuesday.
‘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,’ Trump posted to Truth Social on Wednesday morning.
‘REPUBLICANS, DO NOT TURN A GREAT TRIUMPH INTO A GIANT & EMBARRASSING DEFEAT,’ he continued in all caps. ‘IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE, YOU DESERVE IT.’
‘Kevin McCarthy will do a good job, and maybe even a GREAT JOB – JUST WATCH!’
Former President Donald Trump came out in staunch support of Kevin McCarthy’s speakership bid on Wednesday morning. He pleaded in a Truth Social post that Republicans not ‘turn a great triumph into a giant & embarrassing defeat’
Comes after McCarthy failed three times on Tuesday to garner the votes needed by his caucus to become the next House Speaker
The former president urged Republicans not to turn their victory taking the House in the 2022 midterms into an ’embarrassing defeat.’
Republicans met in the morning in attempt to reach an agreement between McCarthy and the 20 dissenters – nicknamed the ‘Taliban 20’ by Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska – and the House will reconvene at noon to continue efforts to elect a new House Speaker.
Representative Matt Gaetz, one of the lawmakers holding out against McCarthy’ said that Trump’s endorsement is ‘sad.’
‘This changes neither my view of McCarthy nor Trump nor my vote,’ he told DailyMail.com.
Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, who defected against McCarthy, was far more blunt about the criticism on the ‘Never Kevin’ coalition. In a radio interview on Wednesday morning, Roy lashed out against former speaker Newt Gingrich who criticized the impasse. ‘I don’t have time for listening to fossils… sitting on Fox News.’
A senior Republican source in the House told DailyMail.com that Trump’s post was ‘definitely helpful,’ but it’s unclear yet if it’s done anything to move the needle on ‘Never Kevin’ lawmakers.
Gaetz tweeted Monday that ‘Supporting McCarthy is the worst Human Resources decision President Trump has ever made.’
Donald Trump’s met with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy at Mar-a-Lago in late January 2021, just days after the former president vacated the White House
REPUBLICAN REBELS VOTING AGAINST MCCARTHY
Andy Biggs – Arizona
Dan Bishop – North Carolina
Lauren Boebert – Colorado
Josh Brecheen – Oklahoma
Michael Cloud – Texas
Andrew Clyde – Georgia
Eli Crane – Arizona
Byron Donalds – Florida
Matt Gaetz – Florida
Bob Good – Virginia
Paul Gosar – Arizona
Andy Harris – Maryland
Ana Paulina Luna – Florida
Mary Miller – Illinois
Ralph Norman – South Carolina
Andy Ogles – Tennessee
Scott Perry – Pennsylvania
Matt Rosendale – Montana
Chip Roy – Texas
Keith Self – Texas
The ex-president, who announced a 2024 White House run in mid-November, also boasted that he was receiving a flurry of calls from lawmakers hoping to gain his endorsement.
‘I got everybody calling me wanting my support,’ Trump said. ‘But let’s see what happens and we’ll go – I got everybody calling, wanting my support. That’s all I can say. But we’ll see what happens. We’ll see how it all works out.’
Trump pleaded with Republicans to take their ‘fight’ to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao, who was the former president’s Transportation Secretary.
He also apologized for endorsing McConnell and helping him win another term in the 2020 election cycle.
‘If Republicans are going to fight, we ought to be fighting Mitch McConnell and his domineering, China loving BOSS, I mean wife, Coco Chow,’ Trump wrote in a Truth Social post including a racist nickname for his former Cabinet official.
‘The harm they have done to the Republican Party is incalculable,’ the ex-president added. ‘Today, he couldn’t be elected ‘Dog Catcher’ in Kentucky (Sadly, he only won because of my Endorsement, went up 21 points – SORRY!).’
Republicans’ first day in the House majority did not go as planned.
McCarthy lost three ballots for Speaker because of opposition from a growing group of conservative rebels – despite House Freedom Caucus Vice Chairman Jim Jordan coming out in strong support for the California Republican.
Instead, 20 House Republicans sunk McCarthy’s bid by throwing their support behind Representative Jordan, who has repeatedly said he does not want the gavel.
The House adjourned after the third vote and will reconvene at noon on Wednesday.
The failed bid Tuesday was the first time in 100 years that a Speaker was not chosen in the opening vote.
The first and second votes for speaker saw 19 Republicans vote against McCarthy for other candidates. The third round of votes saw McCarthy’s hopes of the top spot in the House shrink even further, with at least one more Republican voting against him.
When his name was called for a vote, Florida GOP Representative Byron Donalds dropped McCarthy in favor of joining the conservatives who backed Jordan.
He said afterwards that McCarthy simply does not have the votes to be Speaker.
Trump told Republicans to ‘take the victory, & watch crazy Nancy Pelosi fly back home to a very broken California’. Going into Day 2 of the 118th Congress, it’s still unclear who will take the gavel from outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi