Trey Gowdy warned the Republicans holding out on voting for Kevin McCarthy as the Speaker of the House that those who are voting for McCarthy will not change their minds.
“Look, I got bad news for Kevin’s opponents,” Gowdy said.
“He’s got a lot more than 20 friends. So, there are more than 20 people that are going to say, you know what?”
” We are not ever voting for anyone else. Bret, you got a guy who’s got 200 votes and the next leading vote getter for very good reasons doesn’t want to be the Speaker of the House,” Gowdy added.
“And, yet, this kamikaze wing within the Republican Party knows better than 85 percent of the rest of the conference,” Gowdy said.
“Jimmy doesn’t want the job for a very good reason. I don’t know what happens. I will say this. They didn’t want a secure border,” he continued.
“That is not what the negotiation was over, Bret. It was — there are a handful of people who want gavels and want things that they can’t get based on merit, and they can’t get it based on intelligence, but they want it given to them by the Speaker of the House and Kevin said no.”
Trey Gowdy joins Newt Gingrich and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who are also furious about the Speaker debacle.
Gingrich said those holding up the McCarthy vote had a “psychological problem.”
“I think it’s a psychological problem. These guys, they can’t count straight, they can’t play tic-tac-toe, they can’t accept victory,” Gingrich said.
“This is a moment where the Freedom Caucus could claim victory and conservatives could claim victory,” he added.
“They’re not voting against Kevin McCarthy, they’re voting against over 215 members of their own conference. Their conference voted overwhelmingly, 85%, for McCarthy to be Speaker. So this is a fight between a handful of people and the entire rest of the conference.”
Meanwhile, MTG accused the holdouts of trying to advance themselves personally, saying, “Unreal that people claiming to be America First are negotiating for ‘Me First’ positions when it comes to the Speaker’s gavel. The base deserves the truth. They would be as sickened as I am.”
Due to GOP only holding a very slim majority in Congress, McCarthy needs almost all of the GOP Congressional Caucus to vote for him.
But certain members of the House Freedom Caucus view McCarthy as an Establishment swamp creature rather than an America First figure.