Donald Trump is used to being the one giving the orders in the Republican Party.
But something shocking happened.
Donald Trump could not believe the ultimatum one woman just delivered.
Donald Trump long ago endorsed Kevin McCarthy to serve as speaker of the House.
But after McCarthy lost three straight ballots to win the speaker’s gavel Donald Trump weighed in with a statement urging all the holdouts to vote for McCarthy and move on to other business.
“Some really good conversations took place last night, and it’s now time for all of our GREAT Republican House Members to VOTE FOR KEVIN, CLOSE THE DEAL, TAKE THE VICTORY, & WATCH CRAZY NANCY PELOSI FLY BACK HOME TO A VERY BROKEN CALIFORNIA, THE ONLY SPEAKER IN U.S. HISTORY TO HAVE LOST THE ‘HOUSE’ TWICE! REPUBLICANS, DO NOT TURN A GREAT TRIUMPH INTO A GIANT & EMBARRASSING DEFEAT. IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE, YOU DESERVE IT. Kevin McCarthy will do a good job, and maybe even a GREAT JOB – JUST WATCH!” Trump posted on Truth Social.
Trump reportedly even called the McCarthy holdouts to try and pressure them into supporting McCarthy.
But Trump’s pro-McCarthy lobbying effort failed.
McCarthy lost three more votes to become speaker of the House even after Trump endorsed him and tried to use his influence with House conservatives to end the standoff.
That was evident when conservative Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert delivered a nominating speech for Florida Congressman Byron Donalds’ candidacy for speaker of the House.
Boebert ripped into McCarthy’s establishment allies like Texas RINO Congressman Dan Crenshaw for hurling smears and threats at those who oppose McCarthy’s candidacy over concerns that McCarthy is too beholden to the swamp to effectively run the House.
Crenshaw — who once spoke favorably about red flag laws, refused to mention Donald Trump’s name in his 2020 Republican National Convention speech, and who claimed Jesus was a fictional character — called the conservatives opposed to McCarthy “terrorists.”
Rep. Dan Crenshaw on the 20 Republicans who refuse to back Kevin McCarthy:
“We cannot let the terrorists win.”
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) January 4, 2023
Boebert ripped establishment Republicans like Crenshaw for trying to turn a debate over the direction of the Republican majority into a campaign of character assassination.
“Let’s stop with the campaign smears and tactics to get people to turn against us, even having my favorite president call us and tell us we need to knock this off,” Boebert began.
But Boebert also sent a message to McCarthy about Donald Trump’s endorsement.
Boebert told McCarthy that the real message Trump needs to send is that McCarthy should drop out of the race so the conference can unite around a leader.
“I think it actually needs to be reversed. The president needs to tell Kevin McCarthy that, ‘Sir, you do not have the votes and it’s time to withdraw,’” Boebert stated.
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