Newt Gingrich, a former Republican Speaker of the House, attacked congressional Republicans for their continued failure to promote a candidate to his former position. His most severe criticism was reserved for the eight Republicans who voted more than two weeks ago to remove Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from office.
His words were made just hours after Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) called off a third House vote on who would speak next. Even though he didn’t receive enough votes in the Tuesday and Wednesday polls, Jordan declared he is still in the race.
During Gingrich’s appearance on Fox Business’s Kudlow show on Thursday, the host made a joke about having cast a ballot for the nonexistent candidate.
He was told by Larry Kudlow, “I wrote you in.” Gingrich laughed and then unleashed his fury on House Republicans, especially those who had voted to remove McCarthy:
These folks have gotta calm down. The level of anger, the level of hostility in the conference – all of it started by the eight traitors. That’s what they were – traitors, who abandoned their party and allied with the Democrats against 96% of the Republican Party with no idea what they would do if they won. They have caused chaos. They have embarrassed the Republican Party and they have weakened the United States at a time when there are two major wars underway. And it’s really, truly, I think the most disgraceful behavior by Republicans in my lifetime.
Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) submitted a request to resign as chairman, prompting the House to automatically vote on McCarthy’s removal. McCarthy’s speakership was ended by the votes of Gaetz and seven other Republicans, who sided with the Democrats in voting yes.
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