The 57-year-old was elected to the powerful post in the 15th ballot on Saturday night (local time) after various party colleagues had refused to support him in the previous rounds and he had therefore repeatedly missed the necessary majority.
A Trump confidante, McCarthy is the new number three in the state ranking after the US president and his vice president and follows in the footsteps of Democrat Nancy Pelosi in the powerful office.
After the parliamentary elections in November, Congress met for the first time on Tuesday in a new constellation. The Republicans took control of the House of Representatives – in the Senate, President Joe Biden’s Democrats still have a narrow majority.
“The Republican Party will once again be led by a California libtard,” according to blogger Chris Menahan. “As speaker, we can expect McCarthy to prioritize Israel and Ukraine and continue working to purge the GOP of patriots and nationalists.
“The Republicans worked together with the Democrats last month to make sure gay ‘marriage’ is enshrined into law to please GOP megadonors like transgender billionaire ‘Jennifer’ Pritzker and Paul Singer and they’ll no doubt move to expand LGBT privileges in the months ahead,” Menahan added.
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and it always will be.
I’m here this week, leading dozens of House Republicans on a trip to reaffirm America’s unwavering support for Israel. 🇺🇸🇮🇱 pic.twitter.com/DNkrKwuV2X
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) February 21, 2022