Date: September 19, 2023 Time: 00:01:56
Republican McCarthy made the comments during an appearance on the Fox News channel’s Sunday show. Interestingly, McCarthy has remained neutral regarding the Republican primary, categorically refusing to endorse Trump in July.
“I think he’s going to be the nominee,” McCarthy said of Trump after host Maria Bartiromo asked him if he thought the former president would be the party’s 2024 pick.
“The fact is that President Trump is stronger today than he was in 2016 or 2020. And there is a reason why this is happening. He was able to put America first, strengthen our economy,” the speaker said. “We don’t have inflation. We didn’t have these battles around the world. We didn’t look weak around the world.”
McCarthy also expressed skepticism about the electoral prospects of Governor DeSantis, who ranks second in polls among Republican contenders.
“Trump is now beating Biden in the polls. He is stronger than ever in this process, and look, I worked with Ron DeSantis, he is not on the same level as President Trump, he would not have been elected (governor) without the support of the president Trump,” McCarthy concluded.
As experts noted, while McCarthy’s comments do not constitute an official endorsement of Trump, they are a clear message of support for the former president.
Note that according to the latest CBS News/YouGov poll released Sunday, only one in four people in the United States (26 percent of respondents) believe Joe Biden has the mental and cognitive health necessary to serve as president. By comparison, 44 percent of respondents said the same about Trump.