Trump's Ex-Endorsement: The Donald Takes Back His Biggest Endorsement

By Pamela Glass | Tuesday, 21 June 2022 01:15
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Former President Donald Trump stressed that he has not endorsed anyone, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), for speaker of the House.

Toward the end of a recent interview, Trump added to correct conservative talk show host Wayne Allyn Root after he said Trump endorsed McCarthy for speaker. "No, I haven't," Trump said. "No, no, no. I haven't," he added through some cross-talk. "No, I endorsed him in his race. But I haven't endorsed anybody for speaker."

Certainly, Trump supported McCarthy in his re-election bid in California's 20th Congressional District just two weeks ago. He made no citation of the House speaker role but did stress that McCarthy is a "strong and fearless Leader of the House Republican Conference."

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Some officials on the Right, including Fox News host Tucker Carlson, have been heavily critical of McCarthy of late, especially after new discoveries of the leader's remarks shortly after the Capitol riot.

Root pressed Trump that the former President himself would be best suited for the speaker role, an idea Trump previously rejected.

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According to Root, if Republicans "win big" in the 2022 midterm elections, the former President is the right person to "save" the middle class and capitalism between now and 2024, as well as direct the impeachment of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Every speaker so far has been an elected House member, though they are not required to be.

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Trump's response this time left room for assumptions. Trump said he has some "great relationships" in the House. "I'll talk to you about that at a later date," he added. When asked if he would run for President, Trump stuck to his common refrain that people will be "happy" with what happens.

The California Republican won over the former President as he threw himself into efforts to curb inflation and has worked to "Hold Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi Accountable for their catastrophic failures and dereliction of duty," Trump wrote.

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Questions about whether Trump would line up behind the minority leader swirled after tape recordings of McCarthy saying he considered asking the former President to resign after the Jan. 6 riot surfaced before the release of a book from two New York Times reporters.

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McCarthy is expected to return to his seat atop the House of Representatives should Republicans obtain the success they're supposed to in November.

Despite putting on a show of being friends with the former President, including a visit to Mar-A-Lago in January 2021, McCarthy was highly critical of Trump after the Jan. 6 riot. Recordings of McCarthy speaking with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) revealed McCarthy "seriously thinking" of having a conversation with Trump to recommend that he leave.

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