California Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy, who formerly served as Speaker of the House and recently announced he would be retiring from Congress, revealed he is backing former President Donald Trump for the White House and would even consider accepting a Cabinet position if he were to be offered one upon a victory by the GOP front-runner.
The relationship between McCarthy and Trump has not exactly been a steady one, especially when McCarthy opted not to support him during the 2020 presidential race, despite the fact he was a huge supporter of Trump’s early on, serving to be one of his most loyal allies in Congress. However, it seems the hatchet has been buried.
“I will support the president. I will support President Trump,” McCarthy said in snippets from an interview scheduled to air this weekend on “CBS News Sunday Morning.”
While the former speaker has not announced what his plans are after he leaves Congress, he did reveal he would absolutely be willing to be part of Trump’s cabinet if he wins the nomination and beats Biden in 2024, saying, “In the right position, look, if, if I’m the best person for the job, yes.”
“Look, I worked with President Trump on a lot of policies. I, we, worked together to win the majority,” he said to CBS’ Robert Costa during the interview. “But we also have a relationship where we’re very honest with one another.”
GOP lawmakers, even those who have opposed Trump at times, are swiftly falling in line behind the party’s presumed nominee. McCarthy, as he led the House’s slim GOP majority, had withheld his support for Trump as tried to keep a more neutral air and fundraise from wealthy donors, some of whom had seen their enthusiasm for the former president wane.
Also mindful that a number of rank-and-file lawmakers come from congressional districts that President Joe Biden won, McCarthy held back his endorsement so as not to put them in a political bind. But McCarthy, who depended on Trump’s backing to become speaker after a grueling 15-vote spectacle in January, has often made his way back to Trump.
In the aftermath of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by protesters disputing Joe Biden’s 2020 election win, McCarthy at first called it one of the saddest days he had experienced in Congress, putting the blame on the former president — only to dash to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida weeks later to mend the relationship.
McCarthy made history back in October after being booted from the speakership by hardcore detractors decided he compromised too much in his efforts to avoid a government shutdown. Many of the individuals in the House who voted against him are very dedicated supporters of Donald Trump, so that might make gatherings a big awkward in the near future, don’t you think?
This announcement makes me wonder if the work that McCarthy is going to do at the end of the year has to do with the former president’s primary campaign. It would make sense seeing as how he clearly wants to be part of Trump’s cabinet.
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