During a recent episode of The View, Whoopi Goldberg expressed her frustration with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s changing position on Donald Trump’s potential candidacy in the 2024 election. Goldberg straightforwardly called on McCarthy to show some consistency and stop flip-flopping, as reported by Radar Online.
McCarthy had apparently retracted his previous comments about Trump’s strength as a candidate during an interview with CNBC. When asked about Trump’s chances against President Joe Biden, McCarthy responded with uncertainty, saying, “I don’t know.” Goldberg criticized McCarthy, labeling him as a weak leader and citing his conflicting statements as evidence. She argued that McCarthy’s interview failed to convey unwavering confidence in Trump’s ability to govern.
During the discussion, Goldberg stated, “It’s fear of losing their jobs and fear of being seen as having no backbone, like Kevin McCarthy yesterday. He was asked if it would be good for Republicans if you-know-who is the nominee. Then McCarthy later told Breitbart that you-know-who is Biden’s strongest opponent. What is happening here? I just want him to show some courage and stop wavering.”
Her co-host, Sunny Hostin, responded, “He can’t because of the deal he made to become speaker. He gave away his backbone and tucked it under the table. He doesn’t have it anymore… The backbone is under the table.” Another co-host, Haines, added, “That was a non-answer. His ‘I don’t know’ response was enough for them to come after him. Extreme candidates remain because they challenge them in the primaries.”
According to The Hill, McCarthy secured the position of Speaker of the House after 15 rounds of voting earlier this year, making several concessions to his opponents in the process. During the CNBC interview, he expressed his belief in Trump’s ability to defeat Biden but also raised the question of whether Trump was the strongest candidate to win the election, to which he replied, “I don’t know.”
In a subsequent interview with Breitbart on the same day, McCarthy clarified that his earlier statement was not intended as a criticism or a negative assessment of Trump. He pointed out that the media often tries to create a divide between Trump and House Republicans while emphasizing that Trump remains Biden’s strongest political opponent, as indicated by polling data.