Kevin McCarthy weighs in on Trump’s relentless attacks against fellow Republican Ron DeSantis

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was asked during an appearance Monday on “Jesse Watters Primetime” about Donald Trump’s relentless and often underhanded attacks on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and he had little to offer other than to say the focus should be on President Biden and the Democrats.

Oh, and even though he all but acknowledged that it was wasteful energy, the GOP leader borrowed from Ronald Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican.”

Host Jesse Watters played a clip of Trump going after the Florida governor at his rally in Waco, Texas, which some might have mistaken for a DeSantis roast given all the attention the former president gave him. Interestingly, Trump is claiming that Florida was doing well before DeSantis became governor and even touted former governor Charlie Crist, who is now a Democrat.

DeSantis has yet to declare a White House bid, but the growing consensus s that it’s just a matter of time. Meanwhile, instead f welcoming the competition — iron sharpens iron — Trump hammered DeSantis for not being loyal after he offered his endorsement in 2018. A position that automatically infers superiority.

“Now, you’re the speaker of the House,” Watters said to McCarthy. “When you hear the former president – he’s leading in the Republican primary – just go after the Florida governor like that, we think he’s getting in soon. How does that make you feel?”

“Look, the thing I look at is there are enough problems that the Democrats have brought us,” McCarthy replied. “We have inflation. We have a border that’s wide open. We pay more for gasoline energy. We’ve got a world moving with war happening.”

McCarthy also noted that China is now moving into the Middle East, citing a recent deal Beijing brokered between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

“I don’t think Republicans should go after one another,” he added. “We need to bring this nation back. Bring Republicans in, independents, and Democrats too because we cannot handle four more years of Joe Biden. We can’t afford it.”

When Watters chimed in to say he doesn’t think Trump will listen to that, a hapless McCarthy replied with a laugh, “We can keep trying.”

Tom Tillison


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