On Tuesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) spoke against Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as the vote to oust him from the speakership approached in the Congress. Simultaneously, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) spoke in McCarthy's defense.
"Chaos is Speaker McCarthy,” Gaetz said during his remarks. “Chaos is somebody who we cannot trust with their word.”
"The one thing that the White House, House Democrats, and many of us on the conservative side of the Republican caucus would argue is that the thing we have in common: Kevin McCarthy said something to all of us that he didn't really mean and never intended to live up to," Gaetz explained.
The lawmakers engaged in arguments on the House floor after a last-ditch effort to stop Gaetz's plan to oust McCarthy failed after at least 11 Republicans voted against tabling the motion to fire Speaker McCarthy alongside the entire Democrat caucus.
The motion to table, initiated by Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), was the last chance that McCarthy had to avoid the official vote to oust him from the speakership as more Republicans came out against him. Those who have already voted against the motion to table, and will likely support McCarthy's ouster, include Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), Rep. Bob Good (R-VA), Rep. Eli Crane (R-AZ), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC), Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH), Rep. Cory Mills (R-FL), and Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN).
This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.
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