19 GOP Reps. Vote Against Kevin McCarthy, Blocking a House Speaker for First Time in 100 Years
For the first time since 1923, no candidate for House Speaker won a majority in the chamber’s first vote.
Nineteen Republicans voted against Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) giving him only 203 votes for Speaker. Comparatively, Democratic Leader Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) got 212 votes from Democratic representatives. However, since neither McCarthy nor Jeffries received a majority of votes from the 435-seat House, a second ballot will have to be conducted.
McCarthy served as the House Minority Leader and is presumed to be the most likely candidate to become Speaker since Republicans now control the chamber. He needs at least 218 votes to be voted in. Republicans have 222 House seats. This means that if even just 4 Republican representatives don’t support him, he won’t be voted in.
However, McCarthy has so far been unable to win over far-right candidates who oppose his speakership. Ten Republican representatives voted instead in favor of Rep. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), six voted in favor of Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio), one voted for Rep. Jim Banks (Ind.), one voted for Rep. Chip Roy (Texas), and one voted for Rep. Lee Zeldin (N.Y.) even though Zeldin is no longer a Congress member.
It’s entirely likely that McCarthy will still end up as the House speaker. In fact, he has already moved into the speaker’s office. However, to win over the far-right holdouts, he’ll likely need to make concessions to far-right GOP representatives like Reps. Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Lauren Boebert (Colo.), and others who will want him to pursue far-right demands.
On Monday, an influential conservative organization called The Club for Growth issued a list of demands for the new speaker.
While it didn’t mention McCarthy by name, the group said that GOP representatives should not support any candidate for speaker unless the candidate agrees to pursue a constitutional amendment limiting House members to three terms and Senate members to two. The group also wanted the next speaker to guarantee that all party members to be able to bring their legislative amendments to a floor vote and to guarantee that all Republican Super political action committees (Super PACs) won’t campaign against a Republican incumbent.
On Sunday, McCarthy said he would agree to various new rules meant to win over his far-right colleagues. These rules include a way for them to easily vote him out of the Speaker seat and a promise to ensure that key House committees will “more closely reflect the ideological makeup of our conference” — a line which possibly means ensuring greater representation for far-fight hardliners.
“I think what he’s trying to do is the bare minimum that he needs to try and get to where he can get the votes. And that’s not indicative of somebody that really wants to embrace new ideas, reject the status quo and unify all members in the conference,” Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) said, according to The Hill.
Subsequent votes for the House Speaker will happen imminently.
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January 6 police officer Michael Fanone calls Kevin McCarthy a “f**king weasel b**ch”
Michael Fanone — the police officer who was almost killed by ex-President Donald Trump’s followers during the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol — has referred to House Minority Speaker Kevin McCarthy a “f**king weasel b**ch.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Fanone noted that McCarthy “deflected his way through a meeting with Fanone and Jan. 6 casualty Brian Sicknick’s mother — the dead man’s mother … as he nixed any chance of a bipartisan Jan. 6 commission because of so-called political factors.”
Fanone said of McCarthy, “I think at night, when the lights are turned off, Abe Lincoln and Ronald Reagan have some pretty choice words to say about the fact that they have to hang on Kevin McCarthy’s wall.”
“They did some f**king above-average things. And they’ve got to adorn the wall of this f**king weasel b**ch named Kevin McCarthy, with his fake f**king spray-on tan, whose f**king claim to fame, at least in my eyes, is the fact that he amassed a collection of Donald Trump’s favorite-flavored Starburst, put them in a Mason jar, and presented them to f**king Donald Trump. What the f**k, dude?”
When asked to suggest Republican congress members to sit on the January 6 committee, McCarthy had initially suggested five people, including Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.). Both voted against certifying the 2020 election. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thought the men would undermine the committee’s mission.
After refusing to accept the men, McCarthy withdrew all of his nominees for the panel and said, “This panel has lost all legitimacy and credibility and shows the Speaker is more interested in playing politics than seeking the truth.”
The Rolling Stone article notes that, on January 6, 2021, Fanone was “pulled into the crowd, beaten with pipes and the pole of a Blue Lives Matter flag, tazed at the base of his skull, suffered a heart attack and a traumatic brain injury, and fended off attackers with pleas of ‘I got kids’ before losing consciousness for more than four minutes.”
Right-wing media has since claimed he is oversensitive and a “false flag liberal” while other random people have told him that they hope his children are raped and killed.
Fanone said of the Capitol, “F**k that place, and f**k the people inside it too.”
‘Absolutely Immature’ Kevin McCarthy Mocked and Berated for Mask ‘Mandate’ Meltdown
Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday had a meltdown on the House floor, attacking Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she called him a “moron” for his opposition to the new congressional mask requirements.
At one point during his speech on Wednesday McCarthy sneered that Democrats “wanna mandate, they wanna impose, they wanna tell you when you can go to school, when you can eat – you know what they’re going to do if you walk into this building without a mask? They’re gonna charge you $500. Why? ‘Cause they got the power to do it.”
While railing against the House’s mask mandate, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) shamelessly says of Democrats:
“They wanna mandate, they wanna impose, they wanna tell you when you can go to school, when you can eat.” pic.twitter.com/c0MBqRmQt1
— The Recount (@therecount) July 28, 2021
This is how McCarthy bragged about what he was about to do:
I’m headed to the House floor to call out President Biden and Speaker Pelosi for their indecision, ignorance, and incompetence.
→ A CDC that can’t make up its mind
→ An administration that doesn’t follow the science
→ Politicians who abuse their powerhttps://t.co/5zXyrK785h
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) July 28, 2021
In speaking with reporters McCarthy claimed the new CDC guidance was based on a study out of India that was not “per-reviewed,” he said, meaning not “peer-reviewed.” (NCRM found nothing to substantiate his charges.) He also attacked Speaker Pelosi by saying, in his own unique style, “Do as your say but not as she does.”
There is tremendous outrage to be seen in the responses to McCarthy’s remarks today, but perhaps none greater that Congressman Tim Ryan, who blasted McCarthy as “immature and appalling.”
Ryan: Just stop with this craziness. We’re trying to be safe. We’re trying to protect our family members.. and the minority leader mocks that pic.twitter.com/4yVmj0N8e0
— Acyn (@Acyn) July 28, 2021
Here’s how some other are responding:
Kevin McCarthy cares more about protecting insurrectionists than he does about protecting police — or the hundreds of thousands about to die from COVID.
This is only part of what makes him #MoronMcCarthy.
— Tristan Snell (@TristanSnell) July 28, 2021
But of course the Rs want to tell us when and how we can vote, what we can do with our bodies…I could go on.
— Jocelyn🇺🇸 (@JoceH) July 28, 2021
As opposed to mandating what a woman has to do with her pregnancy
— TheSheaKitten (@SheaKitten) July 28, 2021
He means public schools with specific start and end times? WOW, that’s unimaginable. I’ve heard that at some schools they even ring bells telling you to go to your next class.
— ⭐️ Merrily vaccinated and not into coups!⭐️ (@MerrillLynched) July 28, 2021
This man is frightened.
— Seytom (@Seytom1) July 28, 2021
“They wanna mandate, they wanna impose, they wanna tell women when to have children, that they can’t take birth control, that people of color can’t vote”
— Samantha Sanderson (@SamSanderson123) July 28, 2021
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