Speaker McCarthy says Trump is ‘stronger than ever,’ while DeSantis is ‘not at the same level’

by Summer Lane

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Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday that he believed President Donald Trump would be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 2024.

“I think he will be the nominee,” he confirmed. “And the thing is, President Trump is stronger today than he was in 2016 or 2020 – and there’s a reason why. They [Americans] saw the policies of what he was able to do with America, putting America first, making our economy stronger. We didn’t have inflation; we didn’t have these battles around the world. We didn’t look weak around the world.”

The Speaker added that he had served with Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., in Congress and that “he’s not at the same level as President Trump by any shape or form. He would not have gotten elected without President Trump’s endorsement.”

Speaker McCarthy has strongly gone to bat for Trump before. In July, he defended the 45th president amidst ongoing indictments and legal attacks, asserting that the prosecutorial attacks coincided with Trump’s skyrocketing poll numbers.

He explained to the press, “So, what do they do now? Weaponize government to go after their number one opponent. It’s time and time again. I think the American public is TIRED of this. They want to have equal justice and the idea that they utilize this to go after those who politically disagree with them is WRONG.”

President Trump is the heavy favorite to win the Republican Party’s 2024 presidential nomination next year. New polling data from Morning Consult (Sept. 15-17) indicated that Trump had a 46-point lead over other Republican presidential hopefuls ahead of the primaries next year.

Nationwide, Trump is also gaining points in general election polling, eclipsing Joe Biden. Morning Consult’s data showed that Biden had lost two points since Sept. 4, while Trump had gained one point.

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