It was the second day of chaos on the floor of the House of Representatives when Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) took the previously unthinkable step of thumbing her nose at Donald Trump, the ex-president she otherwise venerates.
“It was a very strong message by Trump that he had to think overnight after McCarthy’s three failed speaker votes to offer a tepid endorsement. McCarthy begged like a dog and got table scraps at Mar-a-lago,” said Mike Davis, a former GOP Senate aide and Trump ally.
But Davis, like other allies of the ex-president, said the House floor disagreements were a reflection of distrust among some in the party of McCarthy and not a sign of Trump weakness.
“Trump’s already made it clear he’s not enthusiastically supporting McCarthy, that he didn’t give his endorsement before the three failed votes,” said Davis. “Trump has stayed out of this. What has Kevin McCarthy done for Trump? McCarthy let Pelosi fill the January 6 commission with her people and they used that as a sledgehammer against Trump.”
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