(DCWatchdog.com) – HAPPENING NOW: Former President Donald J. Trump has weighed in today concerning the tumultuous vote to elect the next United States House of Representatives Speaker.
Trump is encouraging the Republican congressional members who have not voted for Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy to drop their opposition and vote for McCarthy.
According to a just-published account in National Review:
“Former president Donald Trump attempted to rally Republicans around Representative Kevin McCarthy’s (R., Calif.) ailing bid for the House speakership today.”
Posting to his Truth Social media platform, Trump wrote:
“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!”
Adding context, National Review notes:
“Congress is expected to hold an additional vote today, after the race for speaker went into three ballot rounds for the first time in a century on Tuesday. GOP members yesterday threw their support behind other candidates, such as Louisiana’s Steve Scalise or Ohio’s Jim Jordan, and left McCarthy with fewer votes than the Democratic representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York.”
It is unclear if the Republican congressional members who have refused to vote for McCarthy will change their votes at Trump’s request.
This could be a significant test of Trump’s political power following the midterm elections.
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