Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.) defended former President and 2024 Presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday.
His comments came after a selectively edited clip circulated by the mainstream media shows him criticizing Trump.
Most of the clip shows him defending Trump, though in one segment he says that he ‘doesn’t know’ if Trump is the strongest candidate to defeat Biden, something CNN reporter Kristen Holmes and others seized on to sow discord between him and the former President.
After the negative reporting on McCarthy’s statements, he clarified where he stands on Trump and said that he is focused on holding the Biden administration accountable for their corruption.
McCarthy said that Trump is Biden’s ‘strongest political opponent’ and that Trump is ‘stronger today’ than he was in 2016, citing recent polling by the Morning Consult that shows Trump ahead of Biden by 3 percent in the generic national vote.
Further, a RealClearPolitics polling average shows Trump ahead of Biden by 0.3%, recently winning a Harris poll by 2 percent.
McCarthy narrowly won the election to be the Speaker of the House in January as he courted hardline Republicans for his vote by making a number of promises to be held more accountable than previous Republican Speakers and appointed top Trump allies to key posts in Committees.
Currently, all it takes is one House Republican to demand his removal for the House to cast a vote.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy told Breitbart News exclusively on Tuesday that he believes former President Donald Trump is “stronger today than he was in 2016.”
“As usual, the media is attempting to drive a wedge between President Trump and House Republicans as our committees are holding Biden’s DOJ accountable for their two-tiered levels of justice,” McCarthy said in a brief conversation with Breitbart News on Tuesday. “The only reason Biden is using his weaponized federal government to go after President Trump is because he is Biden’s strongest political opponent, as polling continues to show.”
McCarthy pointed to polls released on Tuesday from Morning Consult which show, for the first time the pollster began asking the question last year, Trump leading incumbent Democrat President Joe Biden.