Donald Trump came out in support of Kevin McCarthy’s quest for House Speaker, urging Republicans to vote for him after McCarthy failed to garner sufficient support from the new GOP majority on Tuesday.
The former president advised Republicans not to turn their success in the 2022 midterm elections for the House into a ’embarrassing loss.’
Some have speculated that if Republican legislators in the lower house refuse to coalesce behind McCarthy – or any other single choice – another Democratic speaker could emerge.
Republicans will gather at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday to attempt to achieve a compromise between McCarthy and the twenty dissenters; the House will reconvene at noon to continue its efforts to elect a new House Speaker.
Trump refused to declare on Tuesday if he would endorse McCarthy after the GOP leader failed three times in a single day to secure the 218 votes required to unseat outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
It appears overnight chats altered Trump’s opinion.
Former President Donald Trump endorsed Kevin McCarthy’s campaign for the speakership on Wednesday morning. In a Truth Social post, he begged on Republicans not to “change a fantastic victory into a massive and humiliating loss.”
Comes after McCarthy failed three times on Tuesday to obtain the necessary votes from his caucus to become the next Speaker of the House.
Trump stated on Truth Social on Wednesday morning, “Some really nice conversations took place last night, and now it’s time for all of our GREAT Republican House Members to VOTE FOR KEVIN, CLOSE THE DEAL, TAKE THE VICTORY.”
“REPUBLICANS, DO NOT TURN A GREAT VICTORY INTO A GIANT AND EMBARRASSING LOSS,” he continued in all capital letters. It is time to celebrate because you have earned it.
“Kevin McCarthy will likely do a good job, if not a GREAT JOB – JUST WATCH!”
McCarthy’s endorsement comes after Trump hesitated to declare if he would support McCarthy as Speaker of the 118th Congress, which convened on Tuesday under disarray.
Trump stated during a brief phone discussion with NBC News, “We’ll see what happens.”
Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy met at Mar-a-Lago in late January 2021, just days after the previous president had left the White House.
REPUBLICAN REBELS VOTING AGAINST MCCARTHY
Andy Biggs – Arizona
Bishop, Dan – North Carolina
Lauren Boebert – Colorado
Josh Brecheen – Oklahoma
Michael Cloud – the State of Texas
Andrew Clyde – Georgia
Eli Crane – Arizona
Florida is Byron Donalds’s home state.
Matt Gaetz – Florida
Bob Good – Virginia
Paul Gosar – Arizona
Andy Harris – the State of 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 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