McCarthy Will Support Trump, with Caveat, Open to Being in Cabinet

By Jerry McConway, updated on December 11, 2023

Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) seems to have had a bit of a reversal in just a few days regarding his attitude about serving in the government.

After a long-winded speech about stepping down at the end of the year, McCarthy threw his support behind Trump, but there was quite a bit more to unpack during this interview.

Talking Points…

  • McCarthy endorses Trump, with caveat
  • Open to being Trump Cabinet members
  • Analysis

McCarthy Endorses Trump, No Revenge Tour

McCarthy's hubris would not permit him to stay out of the limelight for very long.

McCarthy announced that he was stepping down last week, then over the weekend, he started to do the media tour making his case for Donald Trump as president.

McCarthy was asked if he thought Trump would wind up being the nominee, to which he responded:

"Yes. And if Biden stays as the nominee for the Democrats, I believe Donald Trump will win."

He further stated that he would "support the president, I will support President Trump" in the election.

McCarthy, however, did reveal one caveat to that support. McCarthy was asked about Trump pushing the "retribution" narrative that Trump has stated several times on the campaign trail already. McCarthy responded:

"He needs to stop that. He needs to stop that.

"America doesn't want to see the idea of retribution. If it's rebuild, restore and renew, then I think you'll see that."

I Will Serve

During McCarthy's resignation video, he stated that he was walking away from government service and would find another way to serve the people of this nation.

That notion lasted about 72 hours because now, just as I had predicted after he resigned, he is pushing to be a member of Trump's Cabinet.

When he was directly asked about serving in Trump's Cabinet, he responded:

"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."

Analysis

McCarthy needs the limelight, so expect to see a lot more of these interviews, and we can also expect him to make a really strong push to be in Trump's Cabinet if Trump wins the election.

I stated this last week when we had reported that he was expected to resign or not run for re-election.

I cannot help but mention that during the interview, McCarthy spoke against Trump's "retribution," which I agree with because I don't think the American people want to hear about that right now. They want solutions to the economic problems that Biden created.

However, if you watched the entire interview, you heard McCarthy talking about supporting a primary candidate against Gaetz, as well as McCarthy having previously stated that there should be repercussions for what Gaetz did to him.

Now, color me silly, but that sure sounds like retribution to me.

In terms of McCarthy serving in Trump's Cabinet, I can say fairly confidently that it will happen.

Don't be surprised to see McCarthy's name show up as Chief of Staff. That seems like it would be the ideal fit for McCarthy, especially because Trump will have a real problem filling some of these roles in his Cabinet.

Let's not forget, he has upset a lot of people, and crossed a lot of people, so the pickings for Trump are going to be relatively thin on that front.

The funny thing is, Gaetz could wind up in Trump's Cabinet as well, as he has been furiously loyal to Trump while picking this fight with McCarthy.

That sure would make for some interesting headlines.

About Jerry McConway

Jerry McConway is an independent political author and investigator who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has spent years building a strong following of readers who know that he will write what he believes is true, even if it means criticizing politicians his followers support. His readers have come to expect his integrity.

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