When Donald Trump became a politician in 2015, the Republican Party should be clear about who he really was. As a businessman, he had left a trail of destruction, stiffened contractors and turned his back on partners.
But desperate for control, the GOP lawmakers fell right behind him. And they gave him tremendous power after the presidency. Trump's election for Liz Cheney's successor, Elise Stefanik, is likely to become the next chair of the Hose Republican Conference.
And no matter how much support Trump is given, he quickly punishes every little thing. No wonder, then, that Trump is reportedly intrigued by the idea of throwing Kevin McCarthy under the bus.
Ashley Parker and Josh Dawsey write: “An adviser said some had urged Trump to withhold his support for McCarthy as the next Speaker of the House if Republicans were to retake the Chamber in 2022, and the former president seemed intrigued by the idea. "
The consultant is quoted as saying: "Why not focus on the largest and brightest brass ring of politics and the Republican Party to act as spokesman by 2024 when the Republicans, with Donald Trump's help, take over the house? "
However, this move would be a huge risk for Trump. McCarthy is popular in Republican circles, and any interference with the little power the GOP currently holds could really upset the apple cart.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He likes sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.