Trump endorses McCarthy after three failed speaker votes

Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday pushed Republicans to vote for Kevin McCarthy to become House speaker, a day after the GOP leader struck out in three straight votes for the gavel.

“Some really good conversations took place last night, and it’s now time for all of our GREAT Republican House Members to VOTE FOR KEVIN, CLOSE THE DEAL, TAKE THE VICTORY” Trump said in a post on Truth Social, the social media platform he helped found.

Trump’s endorsement comes at a critical moment for McCarthy (R-Calif.) as a handful of Republicans stand in the way of his road to the speaker’s gavel. The House adjourned without a speaker for the first time in a century Tuesday night as McCarthy failed in three consecutive votes to secure the position — facing opposition from the far-right wing of his party, which are pushing for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to take the gavel.