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The war between former President Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is likely to turn into a battle over money as Republican donors will be forced to choose between Trump-backed and GOP-establishment candidates.The fundraising rift could prove detrimental to Republicans, who are seeking to flip both the House and Senate in the 2022 midterm elections.Trump blasted McConnell this week after the Senate GOP leader said Trump was responsible for the Jan. 6 riot. Trump vowed to back primary opponents who are more aligned with his base, setting up a battle over the future of the Republican party.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said that he would "bet my house" that Republicans win the back majority in the House in 2022.
During an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), McCarthy was asked by American Conservative Union Chair Matt Schlapp about what the minority leader thought the likelihood is of Republicans taking back the lower chamber in the next midterm cycle.
"We're going to get the majority back. We're five seats away," McCarthy exclaimed. "I would bet my house" on it, he continued.
Democrats won back control of the House in the so-called "blue wave" in the 2018 midterms, and won the House, Senate and White House in the 2020 elections.
McCarthy accuses Cheney of 'cancel culture' over Trump comments
Leader Kevin McCarthy accused Rep. Liz Cheney of engaging in 'cancel culture' after she told reporters former President Trump should have 'no role in the future of the party or the country.'McCarthy appeared on Fox News Channel Thursday and was specifically asked about Cheney's comments.
However, Republicans exceeded expectations in the last election cycle when they were projected to lose 15 members, flipping several seats in the House and winning seats eyed by Democrats in the Senate.
Democrats currently only hold five seats over Republicans in the House, the narrowest House majority in modern history, and have a razor-thin advantage in a 50-50 Senate, with Vice President Harris serving as the tie-breaking vote.
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"My personal house, don't tell my wife, but I would bet it" McCarthy joked. "This is the smallest majority the Democrats have had in 100 years."
McCarthy also credited former President Donald Trump with Republicans gaining seats in the House, stating his campaigning is what helped voters get out to vote on election day.
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"This is the first time since 1994 that no incumbent Republican lost. We beat 15 Democrats. You know who the 15 Democrats lost to? Conservative women and conservative minorities," McCarthy said.
The comments from McCarthy come as the GOP has faced intra-party divisions following Trump's tenure in the White House. The Capitol riots that shook Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 have further driven a wedge between GOP House leadership on whether to stick by the former president, with No. 3 Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) voting to impeach Trump earlier this year.
Cheney also broke with McCarthy while standing just feet away from him during a press conference where the two addressed whether or not Trump should address CPAC. McCarthy quickly stated that Trump "should" be present at the annual event.
Cheney, however, stated: "That's up to CPAC."
"I've been clear about my views about President Trump and the extent to which, following Jan. 6, I don't think he should be playing a role in the future of party," she continued.
The press briefing concluded abruptly after McCarthy said, "On that high note, thank you very much."
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"First they outlaw Dr. Seuss, and now they want to tell us what to say," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said.McCarthy made the remarks from the House floor while speaking against H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a voting rights bill introduced by Democrats. The company that owns the rights to works by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, had announced on the same day that six of the children's books would not be republished due to racist images, but the books were not outlawed and Democrats were not involved in the decision.