Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is so dedicated to opposing Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s flailing House speaker bid that he supplied to resign from Congress Thursday night time if a faction of Democrats have been to vote with Republicans to permit a extra “moderate” member of the GOP to take the gavel.
Appearing on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show, Gaetz was requested about his interactions with Democrats on the House flooring, a lot of which have been caught on movie and spurred curiosity on-line.
“My conversations with Democrats have largely been about making sure that they don’t leave the floor for dinner or fundraisers or whatnot. We need them to stay there so that the denominator in the equation on the election of the speaker allows us to have leverage to push for many of the things we’ve been discussing,” Gaetz stated. If sufficient Democrats are absent for a vote, that might give McCarthy the bulk he wants to grow to be speaker.
Gaetz, who has opposed the California congressman in every of the 11 ballots forged so far, was additionally requested about former President Donald Trump—who he has vociferously supported—throwing his support behind McCarthy.
“I love President Trump. I defended him a great deal in Congress,” Gaetz stated, earlier than criticizing some members of his administration. “But HR wasn’t always his strong suit. President Trump got us folks like Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr and Jim Mattis and Mark Esper — people who didn’t always advance an America-first policy.”
“So you say he’s wrong on this?” Ingraham requested.
“I do. I think President Trump is wrong to the extent that he supports Kevin McCarthy,” Gaetz stated, earlier than reaffirming his assist for Trump’s 2024 campaign.
When Ingraham introduced a situation during which a bipartisan deal is struck for a reasonable candidate, Gaetz stated he would need nothing to do with it, and that it was extraordinarily unlikely anyhow.
“These 212 Democrats are going to vote for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) every single time. He is an historic candidate for them. They’re not going to cleave off,” Gaetz stated.
Indeed, Jeffries has acquired the complete Democratic vote throughout every poll.
“If Democrats join up to elect a moderate Republican, I will resign from the House of Representatives. That is how certain I am. I can assure your viewers that won’t happen.”
Gaetz went on to say that if McCarthy ought to search to make concessions to the far-right caucus so as to win, he would sentence himself to governing in a “straitjacket for the entirety of his term.”