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Analysis: Kevin McCarthy is officially in Donald Trump’s niche

“‘I don’t understand why Kevin hasn’t named anyone to the committee,’ Trump recently told his inner circle, according to a GOP source with direct knowledge of the comments — a reference to … McCarthy’s decision to boycott the select committee after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two Republican members he had originally chosen to serve on the panel.

Then Thursday, Politico and The Washington Post both published articles making clear Trump’s disappointment with McCarthy.

Trump has privately said for months that McCarthy’s decision to strip pro-Trump Republicans from serving on the Jan. 6 select committee was a mistake, a mistake that has become clearer as Trump watches the hearings working to establish the case that he should be criminally charged with conspiring to nullify the 2020 presidential election.”

And then there’s this from Politico:

“Now, the mercurial displeasure of the former president manifests itself as Trump watches hearings that focus on his election subversion and his role in the attack with no friendly Republicans to fight or distract from the presentation of the selected panel. Closed doors, some GOP lawmakers see Trump’s anger over their boycott of the committee is a sign the Jan. 6 hearings are breaking through with the public But McCarthy disagrees on both fronts .

Just in case you missed ALL of those posts, Trump went out of his way in a recent interview with conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root to clarify that he hasn’t decided to back McCarthy as president if the Republicans regain the majority in the House this fall.

“I supported him in his run,” Trump said of McCarthy. “But I haven’t approved anyone as a speaker.”

For McCarthy, Trump’s disloyalty is a bitter pill to swallow. After all, this is the same McCarthy who, after first calling out Trump for his role in the January 6, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol, took a trip to Mar-a-Lago soon after. as a kind of penance. (They even posed for a photo to commemorate the day!)
As a result of this trip, McCarthy changed her tune almost entirely on January 6. Of his call that day with Trump, which had been reported by CNN as “expletive,” McCarthy said this in January 2022: “What I spoke to President Trump about, I was the first no one to contact him when the riots were happening. He didn’t see it. What he ended the call was saying — telling me he would put something in place to make sure this stopped . And that’s what he did, he released a video later.”

Uh, okay.

The fact is, Trump may well hold the key to McCarthy becoming Speaker of the House in 2023. If Trump denies his endorsement — or even backs someone else — it becomes considerably more difficult for McCarthy to get the job the next day. higher. At the very least, the House Freedom Caucus could then actively work to prevent the California Republican from being president. (Note: This has happened to McCarthy once before. Following the resignation of John Boehner in 2015, McCarthy was seen as the likely successor. But he failed to convince conservatives of his bona fide and ended up withdrawing from the race. Paul Ryan eventually won the office of Speaker of the House.)
McCarthy would do well to listen to the lessons of dealing with Trump from GOP Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama, who lost a Senate runoff earlier this week after Trump endorsed his opponent. (Trump had previously approved of Brooks — then disapproved of him.)
Trump is not a “man of his word” Brooks told Politico Wednesday. He added that Trump has “no loyalty”, is not a “man of his word” and does nothing unless it “improves his wallet or his ego”.

Yeah, that covers it all.


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