The American people fired Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House in November.
But what happened next stunned the nation.
And Trey Gowdy was furious over who will replace Nancy Pelosi.
Republicans cannot settle on who will be the next speaker of the House.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy won a Republican House conference vote to be the party’s candidate for speaker when the entire House votes on January 3.
In that race McCarthy must win 218 – or a majority of House members voting – to secure the gavel.
A group of conservatives are refusing to vote for McCarthy until McCarthy commits to rule changes that defang the swamp and empower conservatives to actually legislate, cut government, and rein in Joe Biden’s socialist agenda.
If McCarthy cannot win on the first ballot the race could be thrown into uncharted waters as McCarthy or other Republicans wheel and deal to try and garner 218 votes on the subsequent ballots.
On his Sunday night Fox News show Gowdy claimed Republicans should have united around McCarthy in the speaker vote after McCarthy won the vote in the GOP caucus.
“Rather than coalescing around a legislative or investigative agenda, House Republicans are fighting with themselves over who will be the speaker,” Gowdy stated. “Yes, your memory is correct. The primary for speaker was a month ago. Kevin McCarthy won with 85% of the vote. But a small yet vocal group of House Republicans will not support the winner of the primary.”
Gowdy then bizarrely compared Republicans still opposing McCarthy to supporting Donald Trump after the 2020 election.
“So much for elections having consequences or respecting the will of the people or whatever platitudes uttered but only when convenient,” Gowdy added. “This small band of Republican kamikazes are convinced Donald Trump won the presidency in 2020 with 47% of the vote yet somehow Kevin McCarthy lost the speaker’s race with 85% of the vote.”
“Math never was their strong suit,” Gowdy concluded.
Not every conservative agreed.
Radio host and commentator Erick Erickson explained that Republicans should oppose McCarthy for speaker because McCarthy was an unprincipled member of the D.C. swamp whose reaction to conservatives opposing them was to entertain the idea of working with Democrats to win the votes to become speaker and kick conservatives off their committees.
Just two weeks ago, moderates were threatening that they’d side with Democrats to put a Democrat in the Speaker’s Chair. It was never serious, but a bunch of Republican talking heads attacked the conservatives claiming they were just helping the Democrats. Now, those moderates have given up that play and are now just threatening to punish conservatives by stripping them of committee chairs. With who? McCarthy can’t become Speaker without these conservatives. Why should any conservative side with a group threatening retribution for standing for principle? This is what we’re getting with McCarthy — first threats to side with Democrats and then threats to punish conservatives for their convictions.
The speaker election is up in the air.
McCarthy’s admitted the conservatives opposed to having him have not budged.
Conservatives in Congress and around the country are divided on this fight.
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