Trump and McCarthy discuss ‘taking back the House’ in 2022 elections


Trump and McCarthy discuss ‘taking back the House’ in 2022 elections

Trump and McCarthy discuss ‘taking back the House’ in 2022 elections

Donald Trump met with Republican House minority leader Kevin McCarthy at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida to discuss “taking back the House” during 2022 midterm elections, signaling the former president’s critical role in the fractured GOP’s future after it lost a Senate majority and the White House.

“President Trump’s popularity has never been stronger than it is today, and his endorsement means more than perhaps any endorsement at any time,” according to a statement from the former president’s political action committee Save America.

Donald Trump and Kevin McCarthy at Mar-a-Lago

Donald Trump and Kevin McCarthy at Mar-a-Lago

(Save America)

The former president has “agreed to work with Leader McCarthy on helping the Republican Party to become a majority in the House,” according to the statement. “The work has already started.”

Congressman McCarthy travelled to Florida on a fundraising tour this week ahead of his meeting with Mr Trump, two weeks after his second impeachment in the House on a charge of inciting a riot at the US Capitol, endangering lawmakers, police and staff in the building as a joint session of Congress convened to formally approve the results of the 2020 election, which Mr Trump has falsely insisted was “stolen” from his supporters with “rigged” votes.

The GOP leader has said that the president “bears responsibility” for the “attack on Congress by mob rioters.”

“He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding,” he said in remarks to the House. “These facts require immediate action by President Trump: accept his share of responsibility, quell the brewing unrest and ensure [then-President-elect] Biden is able to successfully begin his term.”

Congressman McCarthy later backtracked, telling reporters that he does not believe the former president “provoked” the insurrection, and that he believes “everybody across this country has some responsibility.”

The former president – without access to several social media platforms that have suspended him in the wake of the Capitol attack – has largely been silent in the week following Joe Biden’s inauguration. He established an Office of the Former President in Palm Beach for his post-presidential public affairs.

With his looming impeachment trial in the Senate, GOP lawmakers are divided over the party’s future in his absence from the White House, with Democrats retaining a House majority and gaining a slim majority in the Senate, while corporate donors have suspended campaign donations to politicians who backed the former president’s challenges to election results.

Yet all but five Republicans in the Senate voted against dismissing the trial as “unconstitutional” before it began.

Congressman McCarthy also has faced criticism from congressional leadership for failing to confront members of his party who echoed the president’s big lie of election fraud and other claims, including those from freshman congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green, who appeared to support calling school shootings “false flag” events, among other conspiracy theories.

In remarks to reporters on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said “the focus has to be on the Republican leadership … for the disregard they have for the deaths of those children.”

“It’s just beyond any understanding, any regard, House Republicans would have for the House of Representatives, for the Congress of the United States, and for the heartbreak of the families … It is really beyond the pale,” she said.


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