Former President Donald Trump has commented on the ailing Kevin McCarthy’s bid for House Speaker.
He said the two days of voting that failed to elect a speaker made the process “bigger and more important.”
Trump’s endorsement of McCarthy hasn’t swayed the 20 Republicans who continue to oppose him.
Former President Donald Trump hailed a two-day vote in which Republicans failed to elect the Speaker of the House as a Republican victory, and assumed that the third day would yield results.
“I really think today’s big Republican victory has made the position and the process of becoming Speaker of the House bigger and more important after going through numerous roll calls that failed to produce a Speaker of the House. the traditional way Trump posted on the Truth Social platform.
Trump compared the situation to his own political trajectory, saying he was elected president in 2016, falsely implying he was elected in 2020, and claiming he would be elected again in 2024.
The House adjourned Wednesday after a second day of voting in which Rep. Kevin McCarthy failed to secure the 218 votes needed to be elected Speaker of the House.
It was the first time since 1923 that an election for Speaker of the House went undecided on the first day.
his candidacy is against by 20 Republicans from the extreme right of the party, They say they don’t trust McCarthy and want more concessions in return for supporting him.
Many of those who hold out are staunch Trump supporters, but are in the rare position of being on the opposite side of the issue, with the former president backing McCarthy’s candidacy.
McCarthy is just one of a string of prominent Trump supporters Those who have struggled to win elections in recent months, Many of the candidates Trump endorsed in the midterm elections are also missing.
situation, Some analysts It underscores Trump’s waning power, even against normally loyal Republican lawmakers.
A third day of voting to elect a speaker is scheduled for Thursday, and members of the House of Representatives cannot be sworn in until the matter is resolved.
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