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Kevin McCarthy Defiant Amid Threats from GOP Members to Remove Him as House Speaker

This week, tensions within the Republican Party reached a boiling point when Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) publicly challenged House Speaker Kevin McCarthy for failing to deliver on promises made during his campaign for leadership. At a closed-door meeting with Republican House members on Thursday, The Hill reported that McCarthy became increasingly agitated by the growing discontent and threats to his leadership.

“If you want to file a motion to vacate, then file the f*cking motion,” McCarthy snapped, according to Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL).

“I showed frustration in here because I am frustrated,” McCarthy admitted to reporters after the GOP meeting. He further lamented that the Defense Department appropriations bill couldn’t be placed on the floor, but failed to address the underlying issues causing the rift within his party.

“Frustrated with some people in the conference,” he added.

McCarthy’s meltdown prompted a response from Gaetz.

“Instead of emotionally cursing, maybe the Speaker should just keep his word from January on balanced budgets, term limits, and single-subject spending bills,” Gaetz told The Hill.

Gaetz doubled down on his attack on McCarthy in an X post, “I warned everybody in December of last year. Speaker McCarthy believes in NOTHING except money and power. In football, when the team isn’t winning the games it’s supposed to, they fire the coach. In business, when a company does not match its projected earnings, then the board gets rid of the CEO. I’ve had enough McFailure. Have you?”

Gaetz expressed his displeasure with McCarthy’s lack of upholding the promises that earned him the Speaker’s seat.

“On this very floor in January, the whole world witnessed a historic contest for House Speaker,” Gaetz said in his opening remarks.

Under House rules, one Member of Congress can bring a ‘motion to vacate’ which requires a vote to remove the Speaker. Removal only requires a simple majority.

Representative Gaetz mentioned that Rep. Eric Swalwell could be recruited in order to carry out the motion.

“I rise today to serve notice. Mr. Speaker, you are out of compliance with the agreement that allowed you to assume this role. The path forward for the House of Representatives is to either bring you into immediate total compliance or remove you, pursuant to a motion to vacate the chair.” Gaetz said on Tuesday from the House floor.

Representative Gaetz expressed his displeasure with Representative McCarthy for not holding a vote on term limits, refusing to release the full January 6 tapes, offering inadequate accountability for the Biden Crime Family, and promoting President Biden’s spending.

Gaetz continued, “If Democrats bail out McCarthy – I will lead the resistance to this uni-party and the Biden/McCarthy/Jeffries government that they are attempting to build.”

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7 Responses

  1. Dems stick together like glue. GOP continues to fail to do so and thus they keep losing when it is important.

  2. Up his keister; he’s just another California freak weak liberal in disguise; a RINO!
    Plays both ends against the middle and probably is a switch hitter too!

  3. Speaker McCarthy: FULFILL your COMMITMENT to House Republicans that allowed you to become Speaker. If you don’t, why shouldn’t you be REMOVED. We’ve HAD ENOUGH of BROKEN PROMISES from CONGRESS!

  4. He made big promises when running for speaker of the house. Now it’s time to keep them promises you made and help fix the corruption on the democrat party in office. The people and country are suffering from bidens democrat plans. Biden and his son are making out great tho. Go big or go home, fix this BS, or … step down … and let real men do the job you can’t or wont.

  5. We’ve had in the past a “Know nothing” party ,now we have a “Do nothing” party. McCarthy needs the boot and a big one at that. He’s shown to talk big, but fold and never live up to his promises. Nothing but a DAMN WEASEL.

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