Kevin McCarthy lashed out at Republicans who voted to unseat him Tuesday in a defiant message to members of his own party.
“They are not conservatives and they cannot call themselves conservatives,” McCarthy said of the eight members of the Republican Party who, along with Democrats, backed an effort not seen in more than 100 years to remove him from the presidency.
McCarthy (R-Calif.) didn’t mince his words when asked about Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), the mastermind behind his historic ouster as House Speaker.
“You all know Matt Gaetz,” he told reporters during his first comments after his ouster. “You know it was personal. He had nothing to do with the expense.”
McCarthy charged that his Florida counterpart’s actions were “unbecoming of a member of Congress” and that Gaetz’s long-awaited motion to strip him of his gavel was driven entirely by a House Ethics Committee investigation that weighed on him. the Sunshine State lawmaker and his refusal to intervene in the matter, a claim Gaetz denies.
“Regardless of what you think, I have seen the texts. It was all about ethics, but that’s okay,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy (R-Calif.) didn’t mince his words when asked about Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), the mastermind behind his historic ouster as House Speaker. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images
The former president, whose 269-day term at the helm of the House is the shortest in nearly 150 years, also accused Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.), one of the eight, of appealing to God to make Republicans suffer. defeats in 2022. midterm elections.
“Matt Rosendale. He goes to mass every day,” McCarthy said. “But do you know what his prayer was all last year? That the Republicans did not win a great victory. That they won a narrow victory.”
“When you have members like that, who are part of your team, you have a tough team,” he added.
McCarthy charged that Gaetz’s actions were “unbecoming of a member of Congress” and that Gaetz’s long-awaited motion to strip him of his gavel was driven entirely by the House Ethics Committee investigating the Florida congressman. REUTERS
McCarthy further suggested that Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) lied on “The View” by telling the cast that she didn’t keep her promises.
“So I called his chief of staff… and I said, ‘Can you tell me I don’t understand? Where have I broken my word?’” McCarthy explained. “The chief of staff said: ‘He has kept his word 100%.’”
“I’m biting my lip,” McCarthy added. “I let people say things that aren’t true. But it’s not good. Not well. His chief of staff told us all that we have kept every one of our words. And he said that he had told her too.
McCarthy promised to give Mace’s chief of staff, Dan Hanlon, a job if she fires him.
Mace, Gaetz and Rosendale, along with Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Ken Buck of Colorado, Tim Burchett of Tennessee, Eli Crane of Arizona and Bob Good of Virginia, joined a united Democratic conference in declaring the office of speaker vacant. a vote of 216-210.
The congressman expressed fear that his opponents – a small fraction of the Republican conference – have damaged the “institution” of Congress.
“My fear is that the institution has fallen today, because you can’t get the job done if eight people (you have 94% or 96% of your entire conference) but eight people can partner with the entire other side,” McCarthy said. .
“How is it governed?” she lamented.
McCarthy further suggested that Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) lied on “The View” by telling the cast that she didn’t keep her promises. Getty ImagesMcCarthy also accused Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.), one of the eight, of appealing to God to cause Republicans to suffer defeats in the 2022 midterm elections. Getty Images
The California Republican also rejected Gaetz’s claims that he made a “secret side deal with President Biden on Ukraine” during the battle over a stopgap funding measure to prevent the government from shutting down over the weekend.
“Unequivocally, no,” McCarthy said of the alleged secret deal with the White House, explaining that he only approached the Biden administration to discuss the “transferability of the money” in the continuing resolution.
“Look, I support arming Ukraine,” McCarthy made clear. “That doesn’t mean sending them money but arming Ukraine, but I was in the White House – even before they sent this supplement, I said, ‘You guys are doing it all wrong by just sending us a supplement’ – and ‘I think the president is failing here because you’re not telling the American public what the mission is.
McCarthy also compared Russia’s war against Ukraine to “the 1930s.”
McCarthy also rejected Gaetz’s claims that he made a “secret side deal with President Biden on Ukraine” during the battle over a stopgap funding measure to prevent the government from shutting down over the weekend. ZUMAPRESS.com
“Many of the actions Putin takes are very similar to Hitler’s,” he said.
With McCarthy gone as House speaker, lawmakers now face a repeat of the marathon process that took place in January, where it took 15 rounds of full House voting over five days to elect a speaker, a process that was bogged down in internal struggles of the Republican Party.