The war of words is intensifying between Kevin McCarthy and Matt Gaetz, after Gaetz confirmed this morning he’s going to try and oust McCarthy from his speakership.
McCarthy told Fox News reporter Mike Emanuel that he thinks Gaetz has been planning his ouster from the time he ran for speaker:
Kevin McCarthy on plot by Matt Gaetz to oust him: “[He] probably planned this from the day I ran for speaker.” McCarthy tells @MikeEmanuelFox “I want to secure the border. He wants to secure interviews.”
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) October 1, 2023
.@MikeEmanuelFox: Does the rules package need to be changed so a guy like Gaetz can’t do this multiple times and disrupt work of the Congress?
MCCARTHY: It would have to be changed to make that, otherwise he can do diliatory actions like this and it could move every 2 days, yeah pic.twitter.com/te5UAOPsPD
— Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) October 1, 2023
McCarthy had similar words this morning, saying this is personal for Gaetz but he’ll survive this challenge:
"I'll survive," House @SpeakerMcCarthy says after Rep. Matt Gaetz said Sunday that he will introduce a motion to vacate McCarthy from his seat this week.
"Bring it on. Let's get over with it." pic.twitter.com/SnCVIHTN4f
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) October 1, 2023