Ryan E.
January 7, 2023

Elon Musk Tweets Support For McCarthy

In 2013, Elon Musk tweeted that he needed to stay out of politics.

Ten years later, Musk has changed his mind.

"Kevin McCarthy should be Speaker," Musk tweeted on January 5.

At the time of writing, the House has been holding votes for three days to elect a new Speaker, but have been unable to come to a resolution.

Despite Republicans holding a majority in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy of California has been unable to get approved to be the new leader because of a group of about 20 Republicans who claim that McCarthy does not adequately represent conservatives.

McCarthy needs 218 members of the House to vote for him to be given the role. On Tuesday, he was stuck at 203. On Wednesday, that number dropped to 201.

Some of the noteworthy Republicans opposing McCarthy are Matt Gaetz of Florida, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, and Byron Donalds of Florida.

Donalds initially supported McCarthy on Tuesday, but flipped on Wednesday as he "was the one nominated by his colleagues to oppose McCarthy."

"The reality is Rep. Kevin McCarthy doesn’t have the votes. I committed my support to him publicly and for two votes on the House Floor. 218 is the number, and currently, no one is there. Our conference needs to recess and huddle and find someone or work out the next steps but these continuous votes aren’t working for anyone."

For what it's worth, Donald Trump agrees with Musk, saying "Some really good conversations took place last night, and it’s now time for all of our GREAT Republican House Members to VOTE FOR KEVIN."

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