Kevin McCarthy was unsuccessful to Get enough votes to Become House Donald J., ex-President of the United States, spoke on Tuesday Trump held a call with Mr. McCarthy and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, one of the key Republican members of Congress blocking Mr. McCarthy’s bid.
Mr. Trump’s goal was to Break the logjam If Mr. Trump Perry, as he was my favorite. to quickly flip, it wasn’t to be: On the following day, Mr. Perry voted three times more against Mr. McCarthy.
To be found on Truth Social’s social media platform at 1:05 a.m., Thursday Mr. Trump The turmoil, according to the experts, was beneficial for the overall process. They also predicted that a “big Republican victory.” By 7:45, McCarthy had lost 11 votes consecutively in just three days. to There is no sign of a breakthrough.
Mr. McCarthy’s inability to The limits of Mr. Trump’s political potency inside a party that has not controlled the Senate since 2018, lost the White House So far, we have failed to succeed in 2020 to The narrow majority of voters in the identifies the next leader. House.
Even if McCarthy does succeed, Mr. Trump has, once again, struggled in his role as his party’s kingmaker. His handpicked candidates failed to It was his attempt to usher in the red surge of Republicans that had been promised in November’s midterm elections. He failed to succeed. to The Senate failed to elect a Republican leader. He has been unsuccessful in his third presidential bid, which he started six weeks ago.
Now, Mr. Trump’s sway over many of his own loyalists in the House has fizzled in the most public of ways and on the most public of stages — a reminder that the insurgency in Congress isn’t so much a creature of his creation but a force that predated him and helped fuel his political rise.
For over a decade, a group of House Republicans sought to The establishment leadership must be disrupted. It is the House Freedom Caucus evolved out of the vestiges of the Tea Party, playing a key role in the ouster of John Boehner in 2015 and blocking Mr. McCarthy’s efforts to Assist the Republican Leader at that time.
An historic impasse Representative Kevin McCarthy of California is fighting to Become House speaker, but a group of hard-right Republicans is blocking his bid and paralyzing the start of the new Congress. Here’s what to know:
Today, most of the 20 Republicans who have blocked Mr. McCarthy’s speakership are clear Trump Loyalists include many who have already endorsed him in 2024 White. House bid. And even among them, a small group — including Mr. Perry — have been involved in negotiations with Mr. McCarthy’s team.
“It’s a combination of them realizing his influence is not what it was, and also his heart doesn’t seem to be in it,” Peter T. King (Republican) is an ex-Congressman from Long Island.
Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado, who unseated a fellow Republican in 2020 who she said wasn’t supportive enough of Mr. TrumpThe former president of the United States, he openly defied House Floor on Wednesday and said he should inform Mr. McCarthy to withdraw from the speaker’s race instead of directing his focus on the insurgents.
In Interview with Sean Hannity, Fox News. Ms. Boebert appears in the interview. to Try to You can soften the blow with words like “I love President Trump. You’re not going to turn me on him, you’re not going to pit him against me.”
In a second act of deference, Rep. Matt Gaetz (a Florida Republican) mocked Mr. Trump’s endorsement of Mr. McCarthy on Twitter, cast a voice vote on Thursday for Mr. Trump to Take the initiative House speaker.
Later that day, in one round of voting, Mr. Gaetz formal nominated Mr. Trump for speaker with a lengthy speech extolling the former president’s administration. It was a great move to Nominate Mr. TrumpSome of the Mr. Trump’s allies had been discussing privately for days, was met with scattered applause in the chamber.
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Mr. Trump has backed Mr. McCarthy’s effort for weeks and held separate rounds of calls to The movement has been opposed to the steadfast opposition of some holdouts. He was surprised to see some loyal lieutenants of the former president in the House They were not responsive to He, according to Two people who were familiar with the calls spoke under the condition that anonymity was maintained because they weren’t authorized. to Speak out publicly
Mr. TrumpWho often tries? to He stopped making aggressive calls and tried to limit his options. He was eventually forced to. to He was more open in his support for him than his aides planned. On Tuesday, he picked up his cellphone and made a muted comment. to A reporter for NBC News inquired if he supported McCarthy.
On Wednesday, he declared publicly. Even that was a failure. to Move the approximately 20 House Members who took on Mr. McCarthy.
Heading into the votes on Thursday, Mr. McCarthy’s team had expressed confidence to Trump They were told by their advisers they would make visible progress in the new round of voting. However, this was ultimately false.
One individual spoke with Mr. Trump on Thursday said that the former president still preferred Mr. McCarthy and that he seemed perplexed by what else Mr. McCarthy’s opponents, who have extracted significant concessions, wanted.
Mr. Trump This will be the point to It is an indicator of strength and not weakness. However, Mr. Trump’s failure to Influence House Republicans have highlighted a new reality in politics for Mr. This is the weapon Mr. Trump Use to dominate his party for seven years — fear of him — has diminished.
“Trump’s fear factor has dropped this week, like a rock,” Scott Reed, an ex-top political advisor and long-time Republican strategist, said: to U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The former Congressman, Mr. King, also agreed and added, “I think they realized that he can help them but he really can’t hurt them. I don’t think they’re that afraid of him right now. We’re a year, year and a half away from the next primary.”
Still, some of Mr. McCarthy’s opponents have suggested to Mr. Trump If it were of critical importance, they will switch their vote to The former president. However, Mr. Trump Instead of accepting those offers, they told unwilling lawmakers that negotiations should go on to Find a way to work together to One person is familiar with all the conversation.
And Mr. Trump While he publicly supported Mr. McCarthy’s candidacy, former President has also privately expressed his disapproval with McCarthy.
Mr. Trump Notified to some Republican lawmakers about Mr. McCarthy’s push to He was censured after the Capitol Riot on January 6, 2021 and his dispassionate support.
“Kevin is not perfect,” Mr. Trump Privately, he told lawmakers.
Still, Mr. Trump He said to them that he regards Mr. McCarthy the only. House Republican is capable of winning sufficient votes to become speaker is the reason that advisers believe he back Mr. McCarthy. Some have asked Mr. McCarthy if they can trust him. Trump McCarthy responded that they could vote him out, if they so choose. to.