Former President Donald Trump made it clear that he has not endorsed anyone, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), for speaker of the House.
Towards the end of a recent interview, Trump interjected to correct conservative talk show host Wayne Allyn Root after he said Trump endorsed McCarthy for speaker. “No I haven’t,” Trump said. “No, no, no. I haven’t,” he added through some crosstalk. “No, I endorsed him in his race. But I haven’t endorsed anybody for speaker.”
Indeed, Trump endorsed McCarthy in his reelection bid in California’s 20th Congressional District just two weeks ago. He made no mention of the House speaker role, but did call McCarthy a “strong and fearless Leader of the House Republican Conference.”
Some high profile people on the right, including Fox News host Tucker Carlson, have been heavily critical of McCarthy of late, particularly after fresh revelations of the leader’s comments shortly after the Capitol riot.