Donald Trump supported Kevin McCarthy’s bid for House Speaker back in January.
But until now McCarthy has remained neutral in the GOP Primary.
That’s why this Fox News host never expected Kevin McCarthy to say these six words about Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump.
Polls show Donald Trump continues to hold a major lead over the rest of the field in the GOP Presidential Primary contest.
The four politically-motivated indictments against Trump backfired and only made the former President stronger.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is the only Republican who most experts believe even has a shot at winning the nomination over Trump.
DeSantis is placing all his chips on an early state strategy targeting Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy usually stays out of the Presidential Primary discussions.
But that all changed during an interview on Fox News Channel’s Sunday Morning Futures.
“What’s your take on this, that as we see more indictments of Donald Trump, he seems to be gaining in terms of popularity with the public?” host Maria Bartiromo said. “Will he be the nominee?”
McCarthy did not hold back and told Bartiromo that “I think he will be the nominee.”
“President Trump is stronger today than he was in 2016 or 2020, and there’s a reason why,” he said. “They saw the policies of what he was able to do with America, putting America first, making our economy stronger,” he continued, before adding that “we didn’t have inflation, we didn’t have these battles around the world, we didn’t look weak around the world.”
Bartiromo then brought up Trump’s only real opponent in the race, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
“Well, it looks like Ron DeSantis is now trying to work with your colleagues who are pushing for a shutdown,” she said to McCarthy.
Bartiromo was referring to the ongoing fight over passing a spending bill by September 30 to avoid a government shutdown.
McCarthy and his allies are pushing for another short term Continuing Resolution while House conservatives are threatening to shut down the government over what Matt Gaetz (R-FL) called a “surrender to Joe Biden.”
Ron DeSantis is standing with conservatives who oppose handing Biden another blank check.
McCarthy told Bartiromo that “a shutdown would only give strength to the Democrats” and “it would give the power to Biden.”
As for Ron DeSantis siding with conservatives, McCarthy said Trump, who supports a short-term spending bill, “is beating Biden right now in the polls” and is “stronger than he has ever been in this process.”
McCarthy then took a shot at DeSantis, telling Bartiromo that he served with him and “he’s not at the same level as President Trump.”
“And, look, I served with Ron DeSantis,” McCarthy said. “He’s not at the same level as President Trump by any shape or form.”
McCarthy concluded by repeating one of Trump’s favorite talking points about DeSantis.
“He would not have gotten elected without President Trump’s endorsement,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy is currently in a major showdown with the House Freedom Caucus over the spending bill that must be passed by September 30 to avoid a government shutdown.
Ron DeSantis is standing with the conservatives in Congress and demanding fiscal responsibility.
And Kevin McCarthy is clearly not happy with DeSantis for using his Presidential campaign as a platform to rally grassroots conservatives against the big spenders in the GOP.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.