Former President Donald Trump’s favorite newspaper issued a dire warning for the GOP on Friday, saying the party was headed for a “massive” implosion.
That New York Postthe longtime conservative tabloid, published by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, has been cited as Trump’s favorite newspaper in the past, with a GQ Profile from early in his presidency stating he was also a drug user The New York Times and Wall Street Journal to a lesser extent.
That post Office‘s editorial board issued a warning that the “GOP must support Kevin McCarthy as a speaker – or risk giving Dems a big win”. The piece specifically calls out Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, and his “gang of saboteurs” for opposing McCarthy’s bid for House Speaker, adding that such internal fighting is “a massive act of GOP could be self-sabotage”.
The Republican Party will take control of the House of Representatives in January, but their historically disappointing showing in the recent midterm elections means their lead over the Democrats will be razor-thin at 222-213. However, that narrow margin puts his bid in jeopardy, as he can only lose five of his own party’s votes before falling short of the 218 votes needed to win.
McCarthy’s offer was rejected by the far-right wing of the House GOP, led by the likes of Gaetz, who have accused him of being a symbol of typical Washington politics and of being disloyal to Trump. Though Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican, is reversing course to support McCarthy, his bid is still in jeopardy as Arizona’s Andy Biggs submits counteroffers for speakership.
That post Office‘s editorial article says House Republicans must rally behind McCarthy because it wasn’t his actions that faltered the party in the medium term. Instead, it was Trump and his endorsed list of relatively radical non-electoral candidates that drove voters away.
“Yet it was Donald Trump, not McCarthy, who picked fringe candidates and enforced the stolen electoral canard that lost the 2022 midterm election,” the article reads. “The answer is not to double down on Trump-like candidates like Biggs and Gaetz. Also, Biggs does not have a majority. He barely has enough people to fill a station wagon. By setting himself up as an alternative, all he is about is stripping McCarthy of votes and giving Democrats a say in who runs the chamber. Nancy Pelosi cackles!”
The Board also emphasizes that the House cannot move forward and pursue policy until a Speaker is elected. McCarthy, he added, has pledged to pursue security issues at the US-Mexico border and remove certain Democrats from committee positions.
“Republicans have a unique talent for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory,” the newspaper’s article concluded. “You shouldn’t practice it here.”
news week turned to Gaetz’s office for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/trumps-favorite-newspaper-warns-gop-verge-massive-self-sabotage-1770591 Trump’s favorite newspaper warns GOP of “massive” self-sabotage