Matt Gaetz Accidentally Destroyed The House GOP?

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( – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) argued that Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) had “unleashed the demons” last year with his push to have former Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) ousted from his position through the motion to vacate. 

Fox host Laura Ingraham asked Gingrich why there was a move by some GOP lawmakers, including Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.) and Ken Buck (R-Colo.) to leave Congress before the end of their term. In response, Gingrich argued that in part this was influenced by Gaetz’s efforts which brought an end to McCarthy’s time as the Speaker. As Gingrich argued this is not an incident that should be downplayed and that following the ousting there is a “disaster” in the lower chamber. 

On Friday during an appearance on “The Ingraham Angle” Gingrich argued that the first thing that people needed was to understand just how bad what Gaetz had done was for the entire system. As he argued with the motion to vacate Gaetz had unleashed demons as he had ended up targeting someone who had raised $480 million and had won three elections in a row and yet was still ousted from office. He added that this has been a “disaster.” 

He then noted that he did not put the blame on House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) for the legislative performance of the lower chamber as after the ouster he was in a precarious position. He added that he believes Speaker Johnson is given a hand that is close to impossible to play and that there were people in the lower chamber that had made it even worse.

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