- Steele said MTG would be the “most powerful” speaker if McCarthy won the House Speaker in January.
- The former RNC chairman said on MSNBC that the controversial MTG would constantly have McCarthy’s ear.
- Steele felt that MTG “will have the ability to control what comes out of Kevin’s mouth”.
Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Friday that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene would be “the most powerful speaker in the House” if House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy wins the presidency. .
During a panel discussion on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Steele told hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that Greene would be able to “control what comes out of Kevin’s mouth,” and that other ultraconservative Republican lawmakers would have immense influence over a President McCarthy during the next Congress – especially since he would likely have to make major concessions to some members in order to gain the necessary votes to become President.
Steele, who noted that the overall GOP response to former President Donald Trump’s dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes and Ye, the entertainer formerly known as Kanye West, was not forceful enough, said also said that many party leaders were capitulating to figures like Greene – who continue to have immense influence among members of the Freedom Caucus.
“The leadership of the party with the kind of milquetoast, ‘Oh, we don’t like anti-Semitism’, without saying that the anti-Semitic former president is the case to do and draw this very clear line and say, ‘This is not who we are, nor is it what we want to be”… I didn’t hear it. This small fraction of the party still has political, financial and other influence and control over the leadership,” Steele said.
“Marjorie Taylor Greene will be the most powerful speaker in the House because she will have the opportunity to control what comes out of Kevin’s mouth around the things that matter to this little executive,” he continued. “I just call the thing what it is. You call it the shadow. I call it the thing – because you can’t break that separation when you drag it to your events and support it, and you’re saying to him, ‘Not only are we going to put you back on the same committee, but we’re going to give you a powerful leadership role.'”
For now, McCarthy has mustered the necessary votes in what will likely be a 222-seat GOP majority in the House in January, which would be just four more seats than the 218-seat threshold needed to secure control of the bedroom.
So far, five Republicans have said they won’t back McCarthy as president, and the California lawmaker earlier warned fellow GOP members that Democrats could pick the president if the party decides to “play games.” games” in the House.