Kevin McCarthy is secretly HELPING GOP candidates Trump is trying to take down in Republican primaries, report claims
- House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and his team are quietly working to aide some of the incumbent Republican lawmakers targeted by Donald Trump
- Move could put McCarthy in Trump’s crosshairs
- McCarthy wants GOP to win majority in House next year so he can be speaker
- Half of the 10 Republicans who voted for Trump’s second impeachment participate in a joint fundraising committee with McCarthy
- That does not include Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, who serve on special committee investigating January 6th riot at Capitol
- It does include some vulnerable House Republicans
House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and his team are quietly working to aide some of the incumbent Republican lawmakers targeted by Donald Trump, a move that could put him in the former president’s crosshairs at a time he’s trying to become speaker.
Half of the 10 Republicans who voted for Trump’s second impeachment, for inciting the January 6th insurrection, participate in a joint fundraising committee with McCarthy and his leadership PAC, which has raised roughly $100,000 for each of the five campaigns in the first half of the year, CNN revealed on Friday.
That number does not include Republican Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, who have invoked the fury of Trump and many conservative lawmakers for serving on the special committee investigating the insurrection.
The five are: Reps. David Valadao of California, Jamie Herrera Beutler of Washington state, John Katko of New York, and Fred Upton and Peter Meijer, both of Michigan.
Valadao and Katko are long time allies of McCarthy.
House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and his team are quietly working to aide some of the incumbent Republican lawmakers targeted by Donald Trump
Donald Trump has been vocal and public about his desire for vengeance against those who voted for his impeachment, interfering in primaries and backing opponents
McCarthy’s political committee also donated $10,000 to Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio in March. Gonzalez also voted for Trump’s impeachment and the former president is supporting an opponent to him, his former aide Max Miller, in the Republican primary.
Some of those primary opponents had tough words for McCarthy.
‘McCarthy is talking out of one side of his mouth, saying that he supports the MAGA movement, Trump and President Trump’s policies, but his money is supporting Jaime Herrera Beutler and four of the other impeachment voters,’ Joe Kent, a Trump-backed primary challenger to Herrera Beutler, told CNN. ‘It’s just part of the GOP grift. So me and the rest of the base, we’ve kind of heard enough from them.’
Herrera Beutler was almost called in as a witness in Trump’s second impeachment trial after she revealed details about McCarthy and Trump’s phone call on January 6th. She is the one who revealed that the two men spoke that day.
The situation puts McCarthy in a tough spot. With his desire to be speaker should Republicans win back control of the House, he needs all of his incumbents to win re-election.
But Trump has been vocal and public about his desire for vengeance against those who voted for his impeachment, interfering in primaries and backing opponents to those he sees disloyal.
Republican Reps. Jamie Herrera Beutler of Washington state (left) and Fred Upton of Michigan (right) are two particularly vulnerable GOP lawmakers for the 2022 midterms
Donald Trump and Kevin McCarthy together at Mar-a-Lago
Some of those Republicans Trump is targeting – like Herrera Beutler and Upton – are in key swing districts where there are fears that, if the more conservative candidate Trump favors wins the primary, the GOP could lose the general election.
Trump was originally angry at McCarthy for to taking to the House floor on January 6th, hours after the Capitol building was cleared of MAGA supporters, to say Trump ‘bears responsibility’ for what happened.
McCarthy later traveled to Mar-a-Lago to mend fences and the two men are seen as allies again.