Last Updated on December 19, 2022
House Republicans are calling on former President Donald Trump to reassess his support of Rep. Kevin McCarthy for House Speaker.
Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-Co.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) told TPUSA’s Charlie Kirk why they are fighting back against a McCarthy speakership and called on Donald Trump to “take a look at what is actually being said in the House of Representatives right now.”
Kirk asked why Gaetz is not supporting McCarthy after former President Trump threw his support behind the California rep.’s Speakership bid.
“I disagree. Look, I love President Trump, I’m going to vote for him in 2024, I’m going to campaign hard for him but HR was not always his best thing. It was not only the best people. I mean I remember having to deal with Jeff Sessions and Mattis and Tillerson and Bill Bar. It was sort of a parade of horribles with some of the people he chose inside of Washington, D.C. so maybe we ought to have a choice come out of the House that represents the Conservative center of our Caucus,” Gaetz responded, blaming Trump’s inner circle for the former president’s support of Kevin McCarthy.
“I’ll be for Trump for president but I will not follow him in supporting Kevin McCarthy for Speaker,” Rep. Gaetz added.
Rep. Boebert echoed Gaetz’s words, explaining that McCarthy will not allow House Republicans to keep him accountable as the House majority speaker.
“We have to have accountability here and without that, Kevin McCarthy is not Speaker…President Trump should take a look at what is actually being said in the House of Representatives right now,” Boebert explained, calling on Trump to reassess his support.
Rep. Gaetz went on to say how establishment figures like Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy refused to grant him subpoena power the last time Republicans had a majority but McCarthy “never did anything to help us, never spoke up to help us at all so now I’m supposed to believe that when he needs my vote he’s all of a sudden going to be like some big alpha giving us the authority to get answers?!”
“It’s a total puppet show. It’s a parade and the people here know it and see it and you know what, if Kevin McCarthy was on that stage today, he’d get booed off of it for good reason,” Gaetz added.
Gaetz: “I will not follow (President Trump) in supporting Kevin McCarthy for Speaker.”@RepBoebert: “We have to have accountability. Without that, Kevin McCarthy is not Speaker…President Trump should take a look at what is actually being said in the House of Reps right now.” pic.twitter.com/doVssMVlrC
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) December 19, 2022
The full interview can be watched here.
The House Speaker election is set to take place on January 3rd, 2023. As House GOP figures like Boebert and Gaetz continue to sound off against McCarthy, it appears the California rep. will not receive enough votes to win the Speakership.
Stay tuned to National File for any updates.