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Trump Responds To GOP Speaker Failure, Blames $1.7 Trillion ‘Green New Deal Booster Bill’

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Former President Donald Trump responded to the House Speaker Vote catastrophe on Tuesday where Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) failed to secure the 218 votes needed to take the gavel after 3 rounds of votes.

“There is so much unnecessary turmoil in the Republican Party, in large part do to people like the Old Broken Crow, Mitch McConnell, his “wife”, Coco Chow, who is a sellout to China, and their RINO allies, who make it difficult for everyone else by constantly capitulating to Hopeless Joe Biden and the Democrats,” Trump posted on Truth Social. “The 1.7 Trillion Dollar Green New Deal “booster” that McConnell and the RINOS handed to the Dems last week was a real downer and embarrassment to Republicans!”

Trump made no mention of the fact that Kevin McCarthy himself might be to blame after failing to gain the trust of several GOP members ahead of Tuesday’s vote. The former President also declined to say whether he is still backing McCarthy’s speaker bid in an interview with NBC News on Tuesday, throwing yet more uncertainty into a chaotic process that has fractured the Republican Party.

The House adjourned Tuesday evening with no clarity on who will be elected speaker and no clear timeline for how long it might take to select one. McCarthy won more than 200 votes on each of the ballots but fell short of the 218 needed to capture the speakership, and momentum does not seem to be on his side.

Nineteen Republicans opposed McCarthy on the first two ballots, splitting votes between several other candidates on the former and coalescing behind Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on the latter—even though Jordan backs McCarthy and claims he does not want to be speaker. Support for Jordan grew to 20 Republicans on the third ballot, after Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) switched his vote, with Donalds later tweeting that “the reality is … McCarthy doesn’t have the votes” and “now is the time for our conference to debate and come to a consensus.”

All 212 Democrats voted for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). This is the first time since 1923 there has been a protracted vote for speaker and only the second time it has happened since before the start of the Civil War.

Trump reportedly claimed he’s been taking calls all day asking for support and said “we’ll see what happens” when asked if he’ll keep backing McCarthy.

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