Matt Gaetz calls out Trump for endorsing McCarthy’s nomination

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U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz said he won’t bet on helping Kevin McCarthy become House speaker in “almost all circumstances” because the 118th Congress runs another day without nominees. 218 voting threshold.

“It’s not the end of the world that we need a few more days or even a few more weeks to resolve this issue,” he said on “Ingraham’s Corner” on Thursday.

Twenty GOP challengers voted against McCarthy, switching their nominations from Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Fla., to Byron Donalds, R-Okla., to Kevin Hearn, R-Okla.

Representative Chip Roy (R-TX), Scott Perry (R-PA), Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Byron Donalds (R-FL) on the floor of the House of Representatives at the United States Capitol on January 4, 2023.
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Gaetz nominated former President Donald Trump on the third day of voting, saying he would “make the House even bigger.”

Host Laura Ingraham asked what other concessions the Florida congressman-elect would have to give or accept from McCarthy in order to vote.

“I wouldn’t bet my vote on Kevin McCarthy either way,” he replied.

“So it’s personal,” Ingraham said.

He added: “You can’t have it both ways. You can’t say I’m a principled person and believe in X, Y and Z, but if he gives me X, Y and Z, I’m not going to vote for him.”

Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., left, and Tom Emmer, R-Minn., right, talk with Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., during the second day of the House hearing, in the House of Representatives. Election of the Speaker and Convocation of the 118th Congress in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, January 4, 2023.
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Gaetz pushed back, insisting that he considered McCarthy to be “the head of the lobby” and that he was “frustrated to what extent.” [he] lobbyists and special interests use lobbyists and special interests to dictate how policy decisions are made, how policy decisions are made, and how leadership decisions are made. »

“Kevin McCarthy has been in leadership for 14 years and he’s sold himself out to special interests, to political action committees, so I don’t think he’s an acceptable choice. He also has no ideology.”

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Ingram Gaetz questioned why Trump ignored calls from the party to break the deadlock and elect McCarthy as president.

“I love President Trump. I have defended him a lot in Congress, but HR has not always been his strong suit,” he explained.

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Gaetz said he believed the 45th president was “wrong” to support McCarthy’s bid for the presidency.

“President Trump is wrong for supporting Kevin McCarthy. I will support President Trump when he runs for re-election in 2024, but I will not support him in this game.

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Gaetz said he would like to see Jordan launch a speaker campaign if McCarthy declines. However, he did not say for sure whether he would support Jordan’s campaign if, in fact, he chooses to run.

“We believe in Jim Jordan. We don’t trust Kevin McCarthy.”

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