This past Sunday, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., shared his thoughts with Fox News Host Maria Bartiromo on who he thinks will be the GOP nominee going into 2024. McCarthy predicted Donald Trump will be the one to win the 2024 GOP nomination.
In the same interview with Bartiromo, the Speaker said Trump “is stronger today than he was in 2016 or in 2020.” McCarthy also noted GOP hopeful Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., is “not at the same level” as Trump when it comes to winning the presidential nomination.
McCarthy’s support of Trump stems from his belief a Trump victory could work well with the current Congress since the government faces a potential shutdown if they cannot pass spending legislation by Sept. 30.
It is also worth noting although McCarthy has spoken positively of President Trump, he has not officially endorsed him as a candidate. However, McCarthy stands firm in his support of Trump, especially over other GOP candidates like Ron DeSantis.
During their interview, Bartiromo asked McCarthy about how Gov. DeSantis appears to be working with members of Congress who are advocating for a government shutdown to solve the congressional spending problem.
McCarthy responded that a government shutdown would “give strength to the Democrats who would give the power to Biden” and refers to this as one reason for supporting Trump over DeSantis for the 2024 GOP nomination.
Furthermore, McCarthy’s comments point to the fact that America under President Trump “didn’t have inflation, [America] didn’t have these battles around the world, [America] didn’t look weak around the world.”
McCarthy is arguing that America is headed in the wrong direction under the Biden administration, yet he believes President Trump can turn it around, something that will become important in 2024.