Former House Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) endorsed Donald Trump for president days after announcing his resignation from Congress.
“I believe Donald Trump will win, I believe that Republicans will gain more seats in the House, and that Republicans will win the Senate,” McCarthy told CBS News’ Robert Costa during an interview, according to POLITICO.
“I will support President Trump,” he said when asked if his remarks were an endorsement of Trump.
“Would you be willing to serve in a Trump cabinet?” Costa asked the former House Speaker.
“In the right position,” McCarthy answered.
“If I’m the best person for the job, yes.”
"If Biden stays as the nominee for the Democrats, I believe Donald Trump will win." Former House @SpeakerMcCarthy talks with @costareports about his future, including his openness to serving in a prospective Trump cabinet, THIS SUNDAY. pic.twitter.com/5oj2ZTNO3w
— CBS Sunday Morning 🌞 (@CBSSunday) December 8, 2023
McCarthy, who clinched the speakership after 15 votes in January, was ousted from his position in October after hard-right conservatives lodged an effort to displace him. They publicly said that his work with Democrats to keep the government open defied a deal over how Republicans would approach negotiating the budget. And Trump, who still looms large over a prominent group of populist conservatives in the House, did little to stave off the effort in McCarthy’s hour of need.
The pair have had a tumultuous relationship for years, from McCarthy expressing that Trump bore responsibility for the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol to him appearing at the former president’s side weeks later in a renewed endorsement. And now, McCarthy appears ready to ride by Trump’s side as 2024 arrives, while other Republicans on the Hill brace for another Trump presidency. Other contenders in the GOP primary race have failed to gain meaningful traction in a race that Trump has dominated.
In another sign of warmth towards the former president, the California Republican also said that he would serve in a Trump cabinet — if he gets a good spot.
McCarthy’s endorsement of President Trump follows a newly released video showing the California Republican saying Democrats are the party that resembles America.
“When you look at the Democrats, they actually look like America. When I look at my party, we look like the most restrictive country club in America,” McCarthy said.
Kevin McCarthy: “When you look at the Democrats, they actually look like America. When I look at my party, we look like the most restrictive country club in America.” pic.twitter.com/UFJTmTY75c
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) December 7, 2023