Former President Donald J. Trump explained that his recent endorsement of House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was in regards to the lawmaker’s bid for reelection and not for the speaker’s position.
On June 4, Trump endorsed McCarthy’s reelection try, calling him an “outstanding representative for the people of California” and a “tireless advocate for the people of Bakersfield and the Central Valley.”
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Trump wrote on Truth Social, “He is working incredibly hard to Stop Inflation, Deliver Water Solutions, and Hodl Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi Accountable for their catastrophic failures and dereliction of duty.”
“As Leader, Kevin is building a ‘Commitment to America’ platform to Grow our Economy, Fight Big Tech Censorship, Secure the Border, Strengthen our Military, Defend the Second Amendment, Improve our Health Care, restore American Energy Independence, Support our Brave Veterans, and Uphold the Rule of Law and American Values.”
However, Trump made it very clear during an interview with talk show host Wayne Allen Root that his endorsement did not include the speakership.
“No, I haven’t,” Trump said, correcting Root who had said that the former President endorsed McCarthy for speaker.
“No, no, no. I haven’t No, I endorsed him in his race. But I haven’t endorsed anybody for speaker.”
Root mentioned that Trump would be the best person to become House speaker and “carry out the things that would save the middle class between now and 2024, and save capitalism.”
Root added that Trump would be very needed to lead the “indictment…the impeachment” of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
“No, and I understand that,” Trump said. “We have a lot of great relationships in the House…beyond great. We have some great people, and I’ll talk about that at a later date.”
Root asked if Trump would consider a run for president again in 2024, Trump offered this reply:
“You’re gonna be happy. You’re gonna be very happy, I really believe it,” he said.
Root told Trump that he’d “only be happy if America exists in 2024, and at the way it’s going now, I’m not sure.”
Trump said, “There’s been more damage done in the last two years than in 25 bad years. Add up 25 of the worst years, there’s been more damage done in the last year and a half.”
McCarthy has been criticized by some conservatives after the New York Times in late April reported that leaked audio revealed the minority leader had asked whether social media companies could suspend the accounts of some GOP lawmakers in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
Trump told the Wall Street Journal that his relationship with McCarthy was still good, even after this recording emerged.
“He made a call. I heard the call. I didn’t like the call,” Trump said.
He added, “But almost immediately as you know, because he came here and we ok a picture right there–you know, the support was very strong.”