The campaign to see Kevin McCarthy elected as Speaker of the House is continuing on into its third day on Thursday, as a stalemate roils the Republican Party.
Some on the far-right are incapable of finding a way to support McCarthy, despite his repeated concessions and ongoing negotiations. For some, it certainly appears as though this is more about making a point than making an appointment.
During the 7th attempt to vote McCarthy in, former President Donald Trump unexpectedly garnered a vote for the job himself.
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) on Thursday voted for former President Donald Trump as Speaker of the House.
The vote came during the seventh round of voting in the contentious speakership battle, which is currently in its third day.Trending:
Gaetz stands as one of the several Republican holdouts refusing to unite behind Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as Speaker of the House, initially forcing a second vote earlier this week — an occurrence the country has not seen in 100 years. In a Tuesday letter to the Architect of the Capitol, Gaetz inquired as to why McCarthy occupied the Speaker’s office, despite not having that position.
Another MAGA Republican has been extremely vocal in their criticism of the holdouts.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is among those criticizing her colleagues who are refusing to unite behind McCarthy, even throwing her “friend” Gaetz under the bus.
“Let me remind every everyone this Matt Gaetz who has compared Kevin McCarthy to Paul Ryan — my friend Matt Gaetz — he supported Paul Ryan almost more than anyone,” she said. “It’s still on his social media.”
“As a matter of fact, his first vote in Congress was for Paul Ryan as Speaker and then he cheered him on for nearly a year and a half or more, when people like me were at home furious at Paul Ryan’s speakership because it wasn’t passing the MAGA agenda that we all supported,” she added.
As of this writing there is no telling where the Speaker vote is headed, and the Democrats are beginning to foam at the mouth, hoping to install some sort of capitulated candidate.