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Trump Backs McCarthy’s Speaker Bid Despite Defeats: GOP Ought to ‘Fight’ McConnell Instead

Trump is standing by McCarthy for his pick as House Speaker, arguing that if Republicans are going to “fight” someone, it should be McConnell.

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45th President Donald Trump is standing by Kevin McCarthy for his pick as House Speaker, arguing that if Republicans are going to “fight” someone, it should be Mitch McConnell.

Rep. McCarthy failed to gain the nomination for House Speaker on Tuesday, despite Republicans having a majority. McCarthy lost three votes on the House floor, after a band of around 20 America First representatives blocked him from getting the 218 votes he needed. This is the first time since 1923 that the Speaker election has needed more than one round of voting.

Despite losing three times, Trump stood by McCarthy on Wednesday morning. “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, & WATCH CRAZY NANCY PELOSI FLY BACK HOME TO A VERY BROKEN CALIFORNIA,” Trump posted on Truth Social.

“REPUBLICANS, DO NOT TURN A GREAT TRIUMPH INTO A GIANT & EMBARRASSING DEFEAT. IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE, YOU DESERVE IT,” he added. “Kevin McCarthy will do a good job, and maybe even a GREAT JOB – JUST WATCH!”

Trump then suggested that if Republicans were going to fight someone, “we ought to be fighting Mitch McConnell and his domineering, China loving BOSS, I mean wife, Coco Chow.”

The 45th President said that the harm McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao “have done to the Republican Party is incalculable.”

The Senate Minority Leader is currently taking a trip and other politicians to Kentucky, as part of a “bipartisan show of support” to help kick off 2023, including visiting a “major project” that Biden’s 2021 infrastructure bill helped fund. Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Biden said he and McConnell had been “friends a long time.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz, one of the leaders of the anti-McCarthy faction, said it was “sad” that the former President had continued to show his support for McCarthy, despite his then-three defeats. “This changes neither my view of McCarthy, nor Trump, nor my vote,” he told Fox News.

Gaetz claimed on Wednesday morning that McCarthy was “losing it”, reportedly texting one of the 20 Congressional rebels that he is “ready to fund an endless war,” with Gaetz joking that this would be in “addition to Ukraine.”

Following Trump’s statement on Wednesday, the House met again, with McCarthy losing a historic fourth bid for Speaker. Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida was selected as the first anti-McCarthy candidate, after he was the only House member to shift their allegiance away from McCarthy on Tuesday.

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Jack Hadfield
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Jack Hadfield is the Associate Editor at Valiant News. An investigative reporter from the UK, and the director and presenter of "Destination Dover: Migrants in the Channel, his work has appeared in such sites as Breitbart and The Political Insider. You can follow him on Gab @JH, on Telegram @JackHadders, or see his other social media by visiting jackhadfield.co.uk.

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    Son Of Ethan Allen

    January 4, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Trump had a tendency to appoint deep staters to his cabinet, I think he is using some sort of reverse psychology.
    Click my name, thank you

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    Grayfox41

    January 4, 2023 at 5:08 pm

    in spite of his continual raving and ranting regarding the 2020 election, I have wanted to support President Trump. Now he is endorsing McCarthy and appears to be continuing a string of bad political decisions like Wray and Barr, not to mention Rinos like Romney who he endorsed for reelection and Romney’s daughter, Ronna McDaniels at the RNC, which turned its back on Trump following the debacle on Nov. 3, 2020. I am beginning to believe that President Trump has a political death wish.

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