Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has publicly endorsed Donald Trump for the 2024 presidential election, demonstrating his continued support for the former president.
In a forthcoming CBS interview, McCarthy declared that Trump would be the GOP’s presidential nominee, especially if Biden remains the Democratic candidate.
McCarthy endorses Trump, hints at Cabinet position if re-elected
“Yes. In the Republican Party? Yes. And if Biden stays as the nominee for the Democrats, I believe Donald Trump will win, I believe the Republicans will gain more seats in the House, and the Republicans will win the Senate,” McCarthy said, confirming his endorsement for Trump in the elections.
When asked about possibly serving in a Trump cabinet, McCarthy showed openness, stating, “In the right position. Look, if I’m the best person for the job, yes. Look, I worked with President Trump on a lot of policies. We worked together to win the majority. But we also have a relationship where we’re very honest with one another.”
McCarthy’s endorsement adds to a growing list of GOP members backing Trump for the upcoming elections.
GOP members express support for Trump in upcoming elections
Recently, Sen. Katie Britt (R-Ala.) said her support for Trump in an op-ed, praising his ability to “achieve peace through strength” and highlighting the economic benefits of his administration.
Likewise, Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) endorsed Trump, stating, “President Trump would put our country back on track on day one.”
House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) also voiced his support for Trump in a CNBC interview, expressing the necessity of making Biden a one-term president.
Trump leads in GOP endorsements and polling against Biden
Ballotpedia data shows Trump has secured 137 GOP endorsements as of Dec. 8, including 85 House representatives, 16 senators, and seven governors. In contrast, second-place GOP candidate Ron DeSantis has received far fewer endorsements.
A Dec. 5 poll update from Morning Consult indicates a close race between Biden and Trump, each holding 43 percent in the latest national tracking survey.
Trump leads among Independents by three percentage points and retains strong support from his 2020 voters. Biden’s lead has declined, especially since summer, with Trump gaining popularity.
Trump gains minority voter support; McCarthy’s post-Congress plans
Galen Druke, host and producer of the “FiveThirtyEight Politics” podcast, noted Trump’s growing support among minority voters.
Recent polling data show increasing support for Trump among black and Hispanic voters, with a notable 14-point increase among Hispanics in battleground states compared to 2016.
McCarthy’s endorsement comes shortly after his announcement to leave Congress by year’s end.
In a Wall Street Journal commentary, he expressed his intention to “serve America in new ways,” focusing on recruiting candidates for elected office and supporting the next generation of leaders.
McCarthy’s evolving relationship with Trump
A staunch Trump supporter, McCarthy initially backed Trump’s claims about the 2020 election.
However, a rift emerged after Jan. 6, with McCarthy holding Trump responsible for the incident.
The relationship appeared to mend following a meeting at Mar-a-Lago, where McCarthy stated that Trump did not provoke the Jan. 6 attack.
Interestingly, McCarthy is the first House Speaker in American history to be removed from the chamber, having held the position for about nine months.