Now that Kevin McCarthy has closed the deal to become Speaker of the House, he is thanking President Trump for helping him to do so.
Democrats and the media pretend that Trump’s influence in Republican politics is fading, but it’s simply not true.
Even McCarthy knows he couldn’t have closed the gap without Trump.
FOX News reports:
McCarthy thanks Trump after House speaker vote: ‘He was with me from the beginning’
Newly elected Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., gave special thanks to former President Donald Trump for his role in the negotiations that won over several Republican holdouts and led to McCarthy winning support from his conference to be elected speaker.
“I do want to especially thank President Trump,” McCarthy told reporters early Saturday morning. “I don’t think anybody should doubt his influence. He was with me from the beginning … he was all in.”
Concluding four days of high drama, the House of Representatives elected McCarthy as speaker on the 15th ballot, after he made several concessions to a group of 20 hardline Republicans who had withheld their support from him on the first 14 votes. The holdouts had demanded rules changes that would decentralize power in the House, greater representation on the powerful Rules Committee, and commitments to cap spending and launch investigations into alleged abuses of power by the FBI and other Biden administration agencies.
In the end, McCarthy won 216 votes, which was enough to win the election after six remaining holdouts voted “present” and lowered the threshold. They were Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Elijah Crane of Arizona, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Bob Good of Virginia and Matt Rosendale of Montana.
Watch the video below:
WATCH: Newly-elected Speaker McCarthy thanks President Trump for his support.
"I do want to especially thank President Trump, and I don't think anybody should doubt his influence. He was with me from the beginning."
Congratulations, @GOPLeader! pic.twitter.com/6QLG88AM3s
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) January 7, 2023
Hopefully, the battle of the last week will make McCarthy a stronger leader.