Gaetz Says He’ll Resign If Dems Put McCarthy Over The Top; Takes Swipe At Trump

US Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) (L) chats with US Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) ahead of Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky address to the US Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on December 21, 2022. - Zelensky is in Washington to meet with US President Joe Biden and address Congress -- his first trip abroad since Russia invaded in February. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • “I wouldn’t be betting on my vote for Kevin McCarthy under almost any circumstance,” Gaetz told Fox News host Laura Ingraham, adding that in the unlikely scenario a handful of Democrats helped put McCarthy over the top, he would step down.
  • “If Democrats join up to elect a moderate Republican, I will resign from the House of Representatives,” said Gaetz, adding that the pledge underscored how sure he was such a scenario would not happen.
  • The jab at Trump was uncharacteristic of Gaetz, who has long been a backer of the 45th president and even voted for him to be speaker during two of the votes Thursday.

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