Donald Trump called on Republicans to vote for him with enthusiastic support for Kevin McCarthy’s bid for House speaker after he failed to earn enough support in the new GOP majority on Tuesday.
The former president urged Republicans not to turn their victory in the House into an ’embarrassing defeat’ in the 2022 midterms.
Some have issued an unlikely set of events that could result in another Democratic speaker, with Republican lawmakers in the lower house refusing to unite behind McCarthy — or any other single choice.
Republicans are meeting at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to try to reach an agreement between McCarthy and the 20 dissenters — and the House will resume in the afternoon to continue efforts to elect a new House speaker.
Trump did not say Tuesday whether he would endorse McCarthy after the GOP leader failed three times in a single day to earn the 218 votes needed to take the gavel from outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
It seems that some overnight conversation changed Trump’s mind.
Former President Donald Trump came out in staunch support of Kevin McCarthy’s speakership bid on Wednesday morning. He pleads in Truth Social post that Republicans ‘don’t turn a great victory into a colossal and embarrassing defeat’
On Tuesday, McCarthy failed three times to garner the votes needed by his caucus to become the next House speaker.
“We had some really good conversations last night, and now is the time for all members of our GREAT Republican House to vote for Kevin, to close the deal, to win,” Trump posted on TruthSocial Wednesday morning.
‘Republicans, don’t turn a big victory into a big and embarrassing defeat,’ he continued, speaking in capital letters. ‘It’s time to celebrate, you deserve it.’
‘Kevin McCarthy will do a good job, and maybe even a great job – just stay tuned!’
The endorsement for McCarthy came after Trump declined to say whether he would endorse McCarthy as speaker of the 118th Congress, which kicked off Tuesday with chaos.
“We’ll see what happens,” Trump told NBC News during a brief phone call.
Republican insurgents voted 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 Getz – 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 former president, who announced a 2024 White House run in mid-November, also claimed he was getting a flurry of calls from lawmakers hoping to enlist his endorsement.
Trump said, ‘Everyone is calling me seeking my endorsement.’ ‘But let’s see what happens and here we go – everyone is calling me, wanting my support. Thats all I can say. But we will see what happens. We will see how it works.
Trump urged Republicans to “take their fight” to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao, the former president’s transportation secretary.
He also apologized for supporting McConnell and helping him win another term in the 2020 election cycle.
“If Republicans are going to fight, we need Mitch McConnell and his overbearing, China-loving boss, I mean wife, Coco,” Trump wrote in a Truth Social post, including a racist epithet for his former cabinet official. Should fight with Chow.
The former president said, “The damage he has done to the Republican Party cannot be calculated.” ‘Today, he didn’t get picked ‘dog catcher’ in Kentucky (sadly he only won because of my support, went up 21 points – sorry!).
The Republicans’ first day in the House did not go as planned.
McCarthy lost three ballots for speaker due to opposition from a growing group of conservative rebels, despite House Freedom Caucus Vice Chairman Jim Jordan coming out with a strong endorsement for the California Republican.
Instead, 20 House Republicans thwarted 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 resume on Wednesday at noon.
The failed bid on Tuesday was the first time in 100 years that the speaker was not elected in the initial vote.
The first and second votes for speaker saw 19 Republicans vote against McCarthy for the other candidates. The third round of votes saw McCarthy’s hopes for the top spot in the House dwindle even further, with at least one more Republican voting against him.
When his name was called for a vote, Florida GOP Representative Byron Donalds sidelined McCarthy in favor of joining the conservatives who supported Jordan.
He later said that McCarthy did not have the votes to become speaker.
Trump tells Republicans to ‘take the victory, and watch crazy Nancy Pelosi fly back home to a very broken California’. Into second day of 118th Congress, it’s still unclear who will take over from outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi
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