McCarthy says Trump still has role in future of GOP, should 'continue to engage'

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday said that he still sees a future role for former President Donald Trump in the Republican Party similar to the role of other past presidents in their political parties.

The comment by the caucus leader who helmed a House GOP campaign effort that vastly outperformed expectations is the latest signal that Republican politicians may continue to embrace Trump during his post-presidency. It also follows a comment from Trump during his farewell address Wednesday that "we will be back in some form."

Trump has been widely speculated to be considering either running for president again in 2024, and more recently it has been rumored he may be considering starting his own political party.

"Going forward, every former president still has a role within their party for the time basis. This president brought a lot of great success within. He brought people to the party that hadn't been involved before. And he should continue to engage in that way," McCarthy said.

He continued: "But the one thing ... we learned in the last four years that president Trump brought forward -- he listened to voices that no one else was hearing on either party. Those are the voices we should continue to hear."

The question-and-answer session of McCarthy's press conference was dominated by questions about Trump, including one about whether or not Trump provoked the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

"I don't believe he provoked if you listen to what he said at the rally," McCarthy said.

The comment came after McCarthy said on the House floor during the debate over whether to impeach Trump that the president did share some of the blame for the attack.

"The president bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters," McCarthy said last week. "He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding."

McCarthy then called on Trump to "accept his share of responsibility" for the attack on the Capitol.

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