Dave Joyce, a moderate Republican from Ohio, revealed he would vote to remove eight GOP lawmakers involved in the historical move of ousting now-former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Joyce spoke to CNN
The lawmaker from Ohio spoke about the theoretical vote against his Republican colleagues. He said, “If it was up to me, I’d vote for it.” and added, “It’s a waste of time having conversations with these people.”
Call for unification
Joyce continued, “I think we need to start working and, going forward, as a unified group.” The lawmaker’s comments came a day after eight Republicans sided with Democrats to remove McCarthy.
Joyce chairs the moderate Republican Caucus
The chair of the Republican Governance Group slammed his colleagues for being involved in the workgroup but still voting against their united decision. He shared, “I don’t see how they can really be part of a conference when … they come on the inside, listen to what’s going on, and go outside and lob bombs in the middle.”
The ousting was a move presented by Republican lawmaker
The vote was brought to the floor by Matt Gaetz, a Republican lawmaker from Florida and one of Hoouse representatives closest to former president Trump. Gaetz and seven others joined forces with Democrats and ousted McCarthy 216-210.
Joyce wants people to approach the vote with reason
The Republican continued, “I think it’s important that everybody have an opportunity to take in what’s happening and then make a collective decision when we get back.” He is not for rushing to vote for another speaker right away.
Some suggested Trump for House Speaker
For Trump to become House Speaker, he would need 218 votes and the overturn of Rule 26. The party rule says: a “member of the Republican Leadership shall step aside if indicted for a felony for which a sentence of two or more years imprisonment may be imposed.”
Trump supports Jim Jordan
The former president wrote on Truth Social Jordan “will be a GREAT Speaker of the House, & has my Complete & Total Endorsement!” But he also reportedly expressed he would not mind being a temporary speaker of the House.
“He’s been more than encouraged by some Republicans. The ‘some’ is a big number,” said a Republican familiar with Trump’s thinking while talking to Messanger. They added, “I just don’t know if he’s going to do it. Sometimes, he believes he should go. Other times, he’s telling people it might be a bad idea.”
Another insider shared their thoughts
“Trump isn’t really happy with all this. He doesn’t like the infighting. He doesn’t like Kevin vs. Matt. He wants them to knock it the f—off and focus on [fighting President Joe] Biden,” another insider told the outlet.
Trump, the boss
“On the purely political side, Trump is showing he’s the boss of the party if he comes. The other [presidential] candidates just can’t match that,” that same insider confirmed.
The former president spoke to Fox
While on Fox News Digital, Trump shared, “They have asked me if I would take it for a short period of time for the party until they come to a conclusion – I’m not doing it because I want to – I will do it if necessary, should they not be able to make their decision.”
Focus on the elections
Trump added that he was focused on his presidential campaign but would be open to serving for a “30-, 60-, or 90-day period.” House Speaker’s position falls behind the president’s and vice president’s, so it is not surprising Trump might be torn.
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