CNN Panelist Reveals What Could Have Saved McCarthy’s Speakership

CNN guest and writer of the “Very Serious” newsletter Josh Barro revealed that former Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) could have saved his short-lived House speaker career if he had endorsed former President Donald Trump for 2024.

Barro, while responding to current Speaker Rep. Mike Johnson’s (R-LA) endorsement of the former president, said he could not understand why McCarthy did not endorse the former president while he was still the speaker.

“It was always a little bit weird that Kevin McCarthy hadn’t endorsed him,” Barro said. “I didn’t fully understand why. There was some reporting about that Kevin McCarthy felt that there was some donors to House Republicans who didn’t like Trump and [they could] actually raise more money for House Republicans if he didn’t endorse him. The party and the whole broad apparatus is obviously in for Trump so it might as well be out there on the table.”

McCarthy has shown a reluctance to throw his full support behind Trump even though he maintains that there is a good chance that he would endorse the GOP frontrunner for 2024.

“Well, I believe—well, you know what? Because I’ve got a southern border wide open, I’ve got war in the Middle East, I’ve got things I’m focused on right now. I believe President Trump will be our nominee and I believe President Trump will get re-elected. Think about what Biden has done,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy’s successor Mike Johnson has shown no such reluctance in endorsing the former president. The Louisiana lawmaker gave his formal endorsement to Trump, adding that he believes the former president will win come 2024.

“I have endorsed him wholeheartedly,” Johnson said. “Look, I was one of the closest allies President Trump had in Congress. He had a phenomenal first term. Those first two years, as you all know, we brought about the greatest economic numbers in the world and not just the country because his policies worked, and I am all-in for Trump. I expect he will be our nominee, and he will win it, and we have to make Biden a one-term president. We have to do that.”