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Trump’s plea for GOP to back McCarthy for speaker fails to change one vote

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There is one unmistakable takeaway from Kevin McCarthy losing his fourth and fifth and sixth straight votes for speaker yesterday: 

Donald Trump couldn’t help him one bit.

The former president may be the most influential voice in the GOP, and on Truth Social he urged House Republicans to “VOTE FOR KEVIN, CLOSE THE DEAL, TAKE THE VICTORY…DO NOT TURN A GREAT TRIUMPH INTO A GIANT & EMBARRASSING DEFEAT…Kevin McCarthy will do a good job, and maybe even a GREAT JOB – JUST WATCH!” 

The result: 20 Republican rebels voted against McCarthy yesterday, the same number that kept the long-sought gavel out of his hands on Tuesday’s third ballot. Trump could not convince a single member to switch.

This is not just idle speculation. Trump has been key to McCarthy’s bid for the speakership. When McCarthy went to Mar-a-Lago for a fence-mending visit after Jan. 6, it was to get Trump’s support for the job he has wanted for years.

AS MCCARTHY FALLS SHORT ON SPEAKERSHIP, CAN ANYONE GOVERN THE HOUSE GOP?

Most of those blocking McCarthy’s ascent backed Trump’s unproven claims of a stolen election, or said during the campaign that they would have. Still, they may view this as an internal matter – it’s certainly personal…



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