Rep. Matt Gaetz (R‑FL) said he “absolutely” has and will never have any regret over spearheading the ousting of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R‑CA).
Following the historic 216–210 vote to toss him from the speaker’s chair, McCarthy addressed the media, specifically calling out Gaetz for not being a conservative.
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“When he says we’re not conservative because we didn’t vote to secure the border, I think that does merit a response,” Gaetz said. “We passed a Department of Homeland Security border bill that would have required E‑Verify with a host of other reforms. Then, on a continuing resolution, Kevin McCarthy wanted us to surrender every other fight — Jack Smith, weaponized government, everything else going on — just to isolate the border thing.”
“Now, I don’t believe that the way conservatives get ahead is surrendering everything but the border in order to address the border,” he continued. “What Kevin McCarthy believes about governing is that we have to utilize continuing resolutions and if the continuing resolution is conservative enough, if you hang some bells and whistles on it, that that really ought to pacify people who are right-leaning throughout the country. I believe that th …