(Republican Leader) – During an interview with Breitbart News, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, said that former President Donald Trump is “stronger today than he was in 2016,” a statement that seems to be absolutely true when you take a look at the current polling. Trump is way ahead of the rest of the GOP pack that is vying for the party’s presidential nomination in order to take on President Joe Biden in the 2024 general election.
You’d think this would be a fact that would open the eyes of most leftists to see that their constant attacks against the former president do nothing to actually bring down his popularity or stop him from being such an influential force on the modern political landscape. In fact, the assaults by the media and the Deep State element within the government only strengthen him in the eyes of the public.
“As usual, the media is attempting to drive a wedge between President Trump and House Republicans as our committees are holding Biden’s DOJ accountable for their two-tiered levels of justice,” McCarthy went on to say in a brief discussion with Breitbart News on Tuesday. “The only reason Biden is using his weaponized federal government to go after President Trump is because he is Biden’s strongest political opponent, as polling continues to show.”
McCarthy then noted the polls — as I mentioned above — that were released publicly on Tuesday from Morning Consult, demonstrating that, for the first time since asking the question last year, Trump is leading President Joe Biden. In other words, Trump can defeat Biden.
“Just look at the numbers this morning—Trump is stronger today than he was in 2016,” McCarthy stated.
Breitbart reported, “The speaker’s comments here are significant because after an appearance on CNBC on Tuesday morning a CNN reporter selectively quoted one part of it that made it appear as though he was criticizing Trump. The broader conversation, however, shows McCarthy solidly defending the former president–more than media reaction to the interview would suggest–even though McCarthy has yet to formally endorse a candidate in the 2024 GOP presidential primary.”
“Can Trump beat Biden?” McCarthy replied when asked if he believed Trump could pull off a victory in the general election. “Yeah, he can beat Biden.”
The Speaker was then asked if he thought it would be a good thing for the Republican Party if Trump was the nominee once again. He commented, “Republicans get to select their nominee. I think if you want to go sheer policy to policy, it’s not what’s good for Republicans; it’s what’s good for America. Trump’s policies are better, straightforward, than Biden’s policies.”
McCarthy remarked that Trump’s legal battles “also helps him” in the general election. I believe the California Republican is right about this. Let’s hear him out.
“Can he win an election? Yeah,” McCarthy explained. “The question is–Is he the strongest to win the election? I don’t know that answer. But, can somebody—can anybody—beat Biden? Yeah, anybody can beat Biden. Can Biden beat other people? Yeah, Biden can beat them. It’s on any given day.”
CNN anchor Kristen Holmes attempted to frame comments made by the Speaker as doubting the ability of Trump to win in a general election, however, her take on this is more than a little dishonest.
Kevin McCarthy says he thinks Trump could win the GOP nomination, but doesnt know if Trump is “strongest” candidate for his party.
“Can he win that election? Yeah he can…the question is, is he the strongest to win the election, I don’t know that answer,” McCarthy says on CNBC
— Kristen Holmes (@KristenhCNN) June 27, 2023
“McCarthy was not, as Holmes framed it, saying he doubts Trump in a general election—he was answering two separate questions, first about a primary and then about general election viability. But given the uproar across media, McCarthy’s decision to clarify it in comments to Breitbart News makes it even more poignant that he is saying he believes Trump is stronger in terms of general election viability than he has ever been before,” Breitbart News concluded.
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