During an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, Republican representative Matt Gaetz threatened to resign from the House if Rep. Kevin McCarthy becomes speaker.
The comments from Gaetz come as he leads a group of 20 Republicans to block McCarthy from becoming speaker.
“Will you be okay then if there’s ultimately a deal struck with moderate Democrats that give Democrats kind of co-control of the committees, you’re fine with that?” Ingraham asked.
Gaetz replied, “No, absolutely not. That will not happen.”
“That could happen,” the Fox News host said.
“No, listen. I’m on the floor, Laura, and these 212 Democrats are going to vote for Hakeem Jeffries every single time,” Gaetz said. “He is a historic candidate for them. They are not going to cleave off under any circumstance. I assure you that. If Democrats join up to elect a moderate Republican, I will resign from the House of Representatives. That is how certain I am. I can assure your viewers that won’t happen.”
Gaetz revealed that he “wouldn’t be betting on my vote for Kevin McCarthy under almost any circumstance.”
“Kevin McCarthy is the masthead of the Lobby Corps. And I resent the extent to which Kevin McCarthy utilizes the lobbyists and the special interests to be able to dictate how political decisions are made, how policy decisions are made, and how leadership decisions are made.”
“Kevin McCarthy has been in the leadership for 14 years, and he has sold shares of himself to special interests, to political action committees. And so that’s why I don’t think he is an appropriate choice,” he continued.
Rep. @MattGaetz: “I wouldn't be betting on my vote for Kevin McCarthy under almost any circumstance”
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) January 6, 2023
Amen.@MattGaetz told Laura tonight on @IngrahamAngle that @GOPLeader’s refusal to join the bipartisan antitrust reforms to hold Big Tech accountable was a key factor in his NO vote.
Hold the line.
Kevin McCarthy’s Big Tech’s champion.
— 🇺🇸 Mike Davis 🇺🇸 (@mrddmia) January 6, 2023
During the seventh round of votes for speaker of the House on Thursday, Florida Republican representative Matt Gaetz casted his speaker vote for former president Donald Trump.
It is worth noting that the speaker of the House technically does not need to be an active member of Congress.
“Donald Trump!” Gaetz yelled when asked who he was casting his vote for on Thursday.
Gaetz was met with groans from the audience.
Rep. Matt Gaetz @mattgaetz votes for Donald Trump for Speaker of the House pic.twitter.com/ywVs8QIPFp
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) January 5, 2023
Check out some reactions:
Please please let this happen this would be the best thing ever
— Perfectly Unreasonable Evan 🍊🍊🍊 (@razerbaird) January 5, 2023
OMG #SpeakerTrump!! Trump for speaker!!
Thank you Matt Gaetz!! 👏🏻👏🏻
That snide look from Marjorie, come on girl. You like the idea too
— NBT 2.0 🇺🇸 (@TruthWins26) January 5, 2023
Gaetz has been leading the charge against McCarthy as the House continues to search for the next speaker.
On Wednesday, Republican Representative Matt Gaetz sounded the alarm about Rep. Kevin McCarthy, warning that the representative was “losing it” as several Republicans in the House are refusing to allow him to become speaker.
Yesterday, the House voted three times on selecting a new speaker however every vote failed for McCarthy.
In a tweet, Gaetz claimed McCarthy had texted a colleague that he was ready to “fund an endless war.”
“McCarthy is losing it,” Gaetz tweeted. “He texted one of my colleagues who didn’t vote for him: “I am ready to fund an endless war” I’m assuming this is in *addition* to Ukraine.”
McCarthy is losing it.
He texted one of my colleagues who didn’t vote for him:
“I am ready to fund an endless war”
I’m assuming this is in *addition* to Ukraine.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) January 4, 2023
On the House Floor on Tuesday, Gaetz went absolutely nuclear when he nominated Rep. Jim Jordan for House Speaker, defying Rep. Kevin McCarthy.
“Sometimes we have to do jobs that we don’t really want to do and sometimes we have to do jobs that we are called to do,” Gaetz said. “So my colleagues, I rise to nominate the most talented, hardest, working member of the Republican conference, who just gave a speech with more vision that we have ever heard from the alternative.”
“I’m nominating Jim, Jordan. Jim Jordan is humble, perhaps today humble to a fault. Maybe the right person for the job of Speaker of the House isn’t someone who wants it so bad. Maybe the right person for the job of Speaker of the House isn’t someone who has sold shares of themself for more than a decade to get it.”