McCarthy will be a 'weak' speaker if Republicans win the House — because Trump will hold the power for him: CNN analyst
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (Screen cap).

On CNN Friday, during a discussion of comments from Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) suggesting Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is a suicide bomber, analyst Jackie Kucinich said the incident highlights how House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) would be virtually powerless as speaker.

"This type of comment would be punished in pretty much any workplace across America," said anchor Jessica Dean. "House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has shown zero appetite for holding anybody accountable for these types of actions. At what cost is McCarthy looking the other way? And is there any chance this backfires? Does this bolster him to be the House Speaker if Republicans take back the House in 2022?"

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"Well, let's start with this isn't the first time Congresswoman Boebert has something like this," said Kucinich. "She said on the House floor, on the floor, she referred to the 'Jihad Squad' as she calls it. This is something — it's not that Kevin McCarthy missed the tweet or can look past the video. This is something that happens from day to day on Capitol Hill at this point. The thing to remember about Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene, they're avatars for former President Trump. So McCarthy feels beholden to them and knows if he punishes one of them he'll get backlash from somebody he needs to become speaker."

"He's in a bind," added Kucinich. "If he becomes speaker, he will be a weak one because he'll always be beholden to this person who is not inside the Congress."

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Jackie Kucinich says Kevin McCarthy will be "weak" and "beholden" to Trump as