Gaetz Votes For Former President To Take House Gavel

DALLAS, TX - SEPTEMBER 14:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the American Airlines Center on September 14, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. More than 20,000 tickets have been distributed for the event.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), one of Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) fiercest opponents, voted for former President Donald Trump over the California Republican as members cast their seventh ballot in the election for House speaker.
  • Gaetz has voted with a group of 20 holdouts threatening McCarthy’s speaker bid, and his Thursday vote marks the first time there has been a break in their ranks since the first day of ballots.
  • Gaetz has repeatedly floated the idea of Trump becoming speaker, pledging to nominate him since 2021.

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