Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) expressed his discontent with the eight Republicans who voted to remove him as Speaker of the House, and members of the so-called “crazy eight” have responded in kind, particularly Matt Gaetz.
Andy Biggs of Arizona, Ken Buck of Colorado, Tim Burchett of Tennessee, Eli Crane of Arizona, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Bob Good of Virginia, Nancy Mace of South Carolina and Matt Rosendale of Montana decided a new Speaker was needed for America.
McCarthy proceeded to take his grievances to CNN’s Manu Raju where he stated that Republicans would benefit from not having Rep. Gaetz as part of their ranks; although he noted that decision was up to the conference.
He also mentioned that consequences were necessary for those who had ousted him in order for the party to heal. Moreover he criticized Mace and Burchett’s commitment as legislators by saying they care more about press than policy. Lastly he hinted that a Democrat could replace Mace if need be.
If you’ve watched her, just her philosophy, and the flip-flopping, I don’t believe she wins reelection. I don’t think she will have earned the right to get re-elected.
New — Spoke to Kevin McCarthy. Had some choice words for "crazy eight" Rs. Said GOP won't "ever heal" unless there are "consequences"
Said GOP would benefit "tremendously" if Gaetz wasn't in House.
And says Nancy Mace doesn't deserve to win reelect.
Full intvw: 11aET Sunday pic.twitter.com/7xCBKi5HjL
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 9, 2023
Matt Gaetz responded in brutal fashion.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) November 9, 2023
Gaetz slammed McCarthy for accusing him of being a showboat by pointing out McCarthy’s own narcissism. “If you look at the number of interviews I’ve had with the number McCarthy has had, he was sort of the TV Speaker in the absence of substance,” said Gaetz.
He delivered a harsh rebuttal to McCarthy in regards to whether the conference would be better off without Gaetz present.
“Thoughts and prayers to the former Speaker as he works through his stages of grief.”