Rep. Matt Gaetz Comments On Trump Endorsement

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has signaled his displeasure at former President Donald Trump’s decision to endorse Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for the role of House speaker.

Gaetz, who rose to prominence under Trump’s wing, told Fox News Digital that the former president’s endorsement of McCarthy for speaker is “sad.” Gaetz, however, maintained that Trump’s endorsement will not change his view of McCarthy and Trump, nor would it change his vote.

“Supporting McCarthy is the worst Human Resources decision President Trump has ever made,” Gaetz said in a tweet reiterating his opinion of Trump’s decision.

Gaetz was responding to Trump’s Truth social media post where he called on Gaetz and his team of rebelling House Republicans to get behind McCarthy’s bid. Trump urged Republicans not to turn their victory in taking back control of the House into a “giant and embarrassing defeat.” Eventually, McCarthy did win the speakership

“It’s now time for all of our great Republican House Members to vote for Kevin,” Trump posted on Truth Social. “Kevin McCarthy will do a good job, and maybe even a great job.”

Gaetz’s team of rebels had seen McCarthy lose the Speaker ballot many times over two days. In a move that suggests the crisis would not end anytime soon, Gaetz wrote a letter to the Architect of the Capitol asking why McCarthy was already occupying the speaker’s office.

Gaetz wrote in the letter that since members have elected a Speaker for the 117th Congress, “no member can lay claim to this office.”

The last time a speaker election went beyond the first ballot was in 1923, when Congress took nine ballots over three days to re-elect Frederick Gillett (R-MA).