Matt Gaetz mocks for threatening to resign over McCarthy vote: ‘Go Ahead’

After members of the House of Representatives failed to choose a new speaker for three consecutive voting days, Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz said he would step down if some Democrats stepped out with their party to choose a moderate Republican for the role.

Fellow Republican Kevin McCarthy, who served as House Minority Leader in the last Democrat-controlled House, was named the GOP nominee for Speaker in November. But the California lawmaker must get votes from a majority of members of the House of Representatives to secure the role, which it failed to do in 11 rounds of voting this week.

All Democrats have consistently voted for their own candidate, Hakeem Jeffries of New York. While Jeffries is unlikely to be elected speaker given that Republicans have a slim majority in the House of Representatives in the 118th Congress, he appears poised to become the leader of the House minority, which would make him the first black legislator to have a party in Congress leads.

Fox News’ Laura Ingraham asked Gaetz Thursday about the possibility of a deal with Democrats that would help break the speakers’ standoff.

Gaetz mocked for resignation comments
Rep. Matt Gaetz delivers a speech in the House of Representatives chamber on the third day of the House Speaker election at the US Capitol Building January 5, 2023 in Washington, DC. In the inset, Rep. Kevin McCarthy speaks during a weekly news conference May 28, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC After members of the House of Representatives failed to elect a new House Representative for three consecutive voting days, Gaetz said he would be stepping down , if some Democrats would break ranks with their party to help vote for a moderate Republican for the role.
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Gaetz claimed it was not within the realm of possibility.

“I’m on the floor, Laura. Those 212 Democrats are going to vote for Hakeem Jeffries every time,” Gaetz told Ingraham. “He’s a historic candidate for her. They will not forsake under any circumstances.”

“I assure you that if the Democrats unite to elect a moderate Republican, I will resign from the House of Representatives,” he added. “I’m so sure. I can assure your viewers: That won’t happen.”

Gaetz’s comments drew mockery on social media, with some expressing hope he will keep his vow.

“Keep going,” read one comment on Twitter.

“Matt Gaetz: If the Democrats unite to elect a moderate Republican, I will resign. We: Promise?” Christopher Webb tweeted late Thursday.

Another Twitter user, Steve Sofge, had a similar reaction: “Well, we hope the Democrats vote a moderate just for you, Matt Gaetz, to step down.” sofge tweeted on Thursday evening.

Columnist Cliff Schecter shared a video of Gaetz’s Fox News appearance with the caption: “Matt Gaetz, showing he clearly doesn’t understand the concept of incentive structure, threatens to resign (sadly he won’t) if Ds & Join Rs to elect a moderate speaker.”

While declaring his rejection of McCarthy’s offer to speak Tuesday, Gaetz said, “If you’re going to drain the swamp, you can’t blame the largest alligator for the exercise.”

Gaetz previously criticized McCarthy and other prominent Republican figures after a disappointing interim result for the GOP.

news week turned to Gaetz’s office for comment.

https://www.newsweek.com/matt-gaetz-mocked-threatening-resign-over-mccarthy-vote-go-ahead-1771921 Matt Gaetz mocks for threatening to resign over McCarthy vote: ‘Go Ahead’

Rick Schindler

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