Gaetz Says He’ll Resign If Dems Help McCarthy Win Speakership

Matt Gaetz

At a glance

  • Florida firebrand Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is at the center of a GOP faction’s fight to block Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from becoming House speaker, said he will resign if Democrats come to McCarthy’s aid and also took a swipe at former President Donald Trump in a Fox News appearance Thursday.
  • Gaetz is one of 20 Republicans who have so far refused to vote for McCarthy to inherit the speaker’s gavel from Nancy Pelosi after the GOP eked out a slim majority in the November midterms.
  • On Thursday, McCarthy failed for an 11th time to get the necessary 218 votes to assume the role.

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