California Republican Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy made it clear on Thursday that he’s ready to go head-to-head against any movement launched to boot him from his current position brought about by members of his own party. You know, at times such as these, with our nation on the brink of extinction thanks to the insane policies of radical socialist progressives, in-fighting seems like a very unproductive thing to be doing, wouldn’t you agree?
McCarthy, according to the Daily Wire, said the “threats don’t matter,” during a news conference where a member of the press asked him to respond to statements made by some of his GOP colleagues in the House during a closed-door meeting challenging his leadership.
“Sometimes people do those things because of personal things, and that’s all fine,” he replied.
“Most people get to speaker on the first round — [it] took me 15,” McCarthy commented. “I’m a little Irish, okay? I don’t walk away from a battle. I knew changing Washington would not be easy. I knew people would fight or try to hold leverage for other things. I’m going to continue just to focus on what’s the right thing to do for the American people. And you know what? If it takes a fight, I’ll have a fight.”
Speaker Kevin McCarthy is asked what his message is to members who have threatened to try to oust him after a testy House GOP meeting:
“Sometimes people do those things because of personal things … I don’t walk away from a battle … If it takes a fight, I’ll have a fight.” pic.twitter.com/347fOUBpHg
— The Recount (@therecount) September 14, 2023
One of the individuals that seems to be giving McCarthy trouble is a fairly well known member of his own conference, Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz, who issued a warning to the California representative this week, stating he would “face a motion to vacate” that could potentially create a pathway to a no-confidence vote to boot him from the position of speaker without a change of direction.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL): "Mr. Speaker you are out of compliance with 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." pic.twitter.com/TXcrrsRuiF
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 12, 2023
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“Gaetz claimed McCarthy is ‘out of compliance’ with a deal struck in January that allowed him to become speaker after 15 rounds of voting, citing a lack of action on reining in spending, balancing the budget, releasing the January 6 tapes, term limits, and sending out subpoenas to members of President Joe Biden‘s family,” the Daily Wire reported. “A formal impeachment inquiry into Biden over allegations of corruption, which McCarthy announced on Tuesday, was only a ‘baby step,’ Gaetz argued. The Florida Republican also conceded votes on his priority issues may not go his way but still wants them on the record so the American people can see the tallies.”
“Under the House rules package approved for this session of Congress, only a single member is needed to trigger the process that could lead to a no-confidence vote in the speaker. For such a vote to succeed, a simple majority is required, meaning Democrats could join with a few disaffected Republicans to secure McCarthy’s ouster. At least one other Republican, Rep. Eli Crane (R-AZ), has said he would be ‘willing to entertain‘ the effort to remove McCarthy,” the report explained.
One can understand where the vast majority of House Republicans are coming from, as they are so used to being let down by those in positions of leadership who turn out to be frauds who give in to political pressure just so they can keep their jobs and enjoy privileges that come along with them. A lot of the new school politicians are products of Trump’s presidency, thus they are individuals who believe it’s critical for those who are fighting for liberty to remain true to their principles.
This is definitely commendable. Let’s hope things get worked out and folks get on the same page.