In the seventh of what ended up being fifteen rounds of voting, Representative Matt Gaetz showed exactly why many Republicans are frustrated with him right now.
He nominated Donald J. Trump for Speaker of the House.
Representative Gaetz found it quite funny as well, even bragging about his deed and posting a video of it on at least on of his social media accounts:
My vote for Speaker of the House today?
Donald John Trump. pic.twitter.com/ajFdcHVPM5
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 5, 2023
Fun fact, until reading that tweet, I never thought about what Donald's "J" might stand for. Now I know that it stands for "John."
Even one of Gaetz's biggest friends in Congress, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, grew tired of his antics and threw him under the bus:
"Let me remind every everyone this Matt Gaetz who has compared Kevin McCarthy to Paul Ryan — my friend Matt Gaetz — he supported Paul Ryan almost more than anyone. It’s still on his social media. As a matter of fact, his first vote in Congress was for Paul Ryan as Speaker and then he cheered him on for nearly a year and a half or more, when people like me were at home furious at Paul Ryan’s speakership because it wasn’t passing the MAGA agenda that we all supported."
Even though he eventually lost, Gaetz refused to back down, posting on social media that he was officially asking McCarthy be removed from the Speaker of the House Office and sending out numerous fundraisers in the name of opposing McCarthy:
The Speaker of the House Office in the Capitol is currently being occupied by Kevin McCarthy.
Kevin McCarthy is not the Speaker of the House. He lost 3 consecutive votes today.
I’m demanding answers from the Architect of the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/AIZ8bFks6W
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 4, 2023
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) January 5, 2023
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