Billionaire tech tycoon Elon Musk is throwing his astronomical weight behind another politician. This time, it’s embattled would-be Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy.
On Thursday, he divulged his thinking on the McCarthy bid, which failed six times this week in getting him the gavel. Musk put it plainly.
Kevin McCarthy should be Speaker
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 5, 2023
“Kevin McCarthy should be Speaker,” he tweeted.
This isn’t the first time that Musk has openly backed a politician on Twitter.
“Would you support Ron DeSantis in 2024, Elon?” Twitter user @ProudElephantUS tweeted in November.
Musk’s unequivocal answer: “Yes.”
Musk’s comments come as former President Donald Trump and even former Vice President Mike Pence have rallied behind the California Congressman’s cause.
Trump said in a post on Truth Social: “Some really good conversations took place last night, and it’s now time for all of our GREAT Republican House Members to VOTE FOR KEVIN, CLOSE THE DEAL, TAKE THE VICTORY, & WATCH CRAZY NANCY PELOSI FLY BACK HOME TO A VERY BROKEN CALIFORNIA,THE ONLY SPEAKER IN U.S. HISTORY TO HAVE LOST THE “HOUSE” TWICE! REPUBLICANS, DO NOT TURN A GREAT TRIUMPH INTO A GIANT & EMBARRASSING DEFEAT. IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE, YOU DESERVE IT. Kevin McCarthy will do a good job, and maybe even a GREAT JOB – JUST WATCH!
On Wednesday, Hannity got into a shouting match with Lauren Boebert, a member of the “Never-McCarthy Nineteen.”
“If you don’t have a name for Speaker with 30 votes, is it time for you to withdraw?” Hannity asked her.
Sean Hannity and Lauren Boebert spar over the vote for House speaker pic.twitter.com/ROg0nFqeSH
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) January 5, 2023
“I will not withdraw,” she retorted.
“I feel like I’m getting an answer from a liberal,” Hannity fired back.
Six times Kevin McCarthy has been denied the Speaker position in votes on the House floor this week.
As reported by Newsmax on Thursday, Congressional sources have caught wind of a deal being brokered by the influential Club for Growth.
According to the deal, ten members of the “Never McCarthy” coalition may flip their votes, but only on one condition: He does not use his influence to primary them.
“It has been suggested that the Club for Growth deal could move about 10 votes to McCarthy,” Newsmax reported. “While not enough to make McCarthy speaker, it would give him tremendous momentum.”
“Under the Club for Growth’s proposal, McCarthy would agree that his multi-million dollar political action committee, Congressional Leadership Fund, be ‘prohibited from spending money or providing grants to any super PAC to engage in open Republican primaries or against any Republican incumbent’,” the report added.
As noted by the report, McCarthy also hopes to win over other holdouts by agreeing to a rules change allowing the offering of amendments to legislation on the House floor.
One House Republican close to McCarthy reportedly said: “There are some reasonable people among them. Ralph Norman [South Carolina] is very reasonable and can be won over. Then there are others such as Matt Rosendale [Montana], who wants to run for the Senate next time and thinks it will make him a hero figure among conservatives.”
The GOP uprising against McCarthy has proved more obstinate than the establishment could have foreseen. But with heavy-hitters like Elon Musk and Donald Trump weighing in, McCarthy is getting pushed closer to the Speaker’s chair.
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