The 20 House Republicans Who Demanded Change And Won Are Seen As Heroes – Not Holdouts – To Many

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., gestures during a motion to adjourn after the 14th round of voting for speaker in the House chamber as the House meets for the fourth day to elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress in Washington, Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

At a glance

  • Not only did these individuals withstand pressure and insults such as “terrorists,” “enemies,” and comparisons to the Taliban from their House colleagues this past week, but they also stood against outside criticism from those who thought it better to simply vote in McCarthy without question.
  • These representatives knew what they wanted, knew what their voters expected of them, and worked tirelessly for it.
  • The debate and temporary gridlock were a moral and political necessity.

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