Politico’s Tara Palmieri reports that former President Donald Trump may publicly reprimand House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy during his highly anticipated CPAC speech on Sunday afternoon (3:40 p.m.).
“Three people close to Trump” have told Palmieri that Trump is “stewing anew over” the highest-ranking House Republican. Palmieri writes:
It’s become so frequent that his advisers think the House minority leader may be in for a public reprimand. That’s even after the powwow at Mar-a-Lago where McCarthy tried to patch things up after he denounced Trump for the violence on Jan. 6.
The reason for Trump’s displeasure: an emboldened Cheney.
Each time Cheney criticizes Trump from her leadership post as the No. 3 House Republican, he’s reminded that it was McCarthy who pleaded with his conference to keep her on as chair — despite her vote to impeach Trump. The latest trigger came Wednesday when Cheney said at a press conference that Trump should not lead the party going forward while McCarthy awkwardly stood by.
We’ll see whether McCarthy can get to Trump before his speech Sunday. He seems to already be trying to work his way back into Trump’s good graces. On Thursday, McCarthy took a swipe at Cheney on Fox News, suggesting that she supports cancel culture.
In a floor speech ahead of the House vote to impeach Trump for a second time on January 13, McCarthy said he should be censored instead. He told colleagues that Trump must “accept his share of responsibility, quell the brewing unrest and ensure President-Elect Joe Biden is able to successfully begin his term.”
McCarthy has since walked that statement back and tried to “patch things up” during a visit to Mar-a-Lago.
Still, he was instrumental in persuading members of the House GOP conference to allow Liz Cheney to keep her leadership position. Cheney was one of ten Republicans to vote to impeach then-President Trump.
Additionally, after Cheney told reporters she doesn’t believe Trump should be playing a role in the leadership of our country at a joint press conference on Wednesday, McCarthy abruptly ended the event, but allowed her statements to stand.
This is important to McCarthy because Republicans just might take back the House in 2022; they only need to flip five seats to do so.
If that happens, he will no doubt seek the role of House Speaker, a position he sought in 2016. McCarthy didn’t have enough votes and the Speakership went to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) who did not want it.
Whether or not the former president rebukes McCarthy or not in this afternoon’s address, I fully expect him to knock it out of the ballpark and leave his enemies confounded – again.
The left has made it their mission to destroy Donald Trump, but every time they think they’ve finally succeeded, he comes roaring back.
The New York Times published an article about Trump’s speech and found a former advisor willing to diss him on the record. Look who they found:
“In 2013 and 2014, Mr. Trump wanted ‘to be part of the action,’” recalled Sam Nunberg, a former adviser to the Trump campaign in 2016. Now, as a former president, Mr. Nunberg said, Mr. Trump “has ‘to be part of the action’ to keep his precarious grip as the leading contender for the 2024 G.O.P. primary.”
“The reality is that speaking at CPAC so soon after becoming only the 10th president to lose re-election is a sign of weakness,” Mr. Nunberg said.
Sam Nunberg. Sam Nunberg…Oh, that’s right. Nunberg made headlines in March 2018, at a time when Democrats were sure the Mueller investigation would bring Trump down. Vox reported:
Starting Monday afternoon and going well into the evening, America watched a man melt down on live national television.
Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg repeatedly called into national television stations, most notably CNN and MSNBC, to vent about a subpoena he had received from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe. Nunberg repeatedly threatened not to comply with the subpoena, at one point literally daring Mueller to arrest him.
He ranted about legal fees and the effort required to find the emails that Mueller requested of him. At one point, he seemed to reveal a piece of vital information about the Russia investigation, but clarified that he meant something very different when I spoke to him over the phone.
This all culminated in a dramatic in-studio interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett, who noticed something wrong with Nunberg. “You’re sitting very close to me … I have smelled alcohol on your breath,” she said. “I have not had a drink,” Nunberg insisted, adding that he had taken nothing “besides my meds.”
It was car crash television, an awful, sad spectacle you couldn’t help but watch. It’s also a little window into how the Trump campaign operated — and how Russia was capable of exploiting it.
The Times was really reaching, weren’t they?
Elizabeth is the founder and editor of The American Crisis. She is also a contract writer at The Western Journal and a previous contributor to RedState, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have appeared on HotAir, Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN and other sites. Elizabeth is a wife, a mom to three grown children and several beloved golden retrievers, and a grandmother!