Breaking: McCarthy Removed in Historic Vote, 1st Time House Speaker Voted Out


The House of Representatives ousted Kevin McCarthy as speaker Tuesday, marking the first time in the chamber a speaker was removed by a vote of House members.

The final vote was 216-210 in favor of removing the California Republican as speaker, according to Fox News.

Eight Republican representatives joined with the Democrats in voting against McCarthy: Andy Biggs of Arizona, Ken Buck of Colorado, Tim Burchett of Tennessee, Eli Crane of Arizona, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Bob Good of Virginia, Nancy Mace of South Carolina and Matt Rosendale of Montana, according to The New York Times.

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In a comment to The Hill that noted that the vote to oust the speaker was one that had not taken place in a century, Burchett explained his vote.

He said McCarthy had “belittled me and my belief system” during a conversation about the move.

“I pray for my wife. I pray for my daughter. I pray for my enemies. I pray for the speaker. I pray for this president, you know, and when things come up, I pray for his son. And as a Christian, that’s what I’m supposed to do. But when someone mocks me like that, and mocks my religion and honestly, the Bible is pretty clear about God being mocked, so that’s what sealed it right there for me,” the congressman said.

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Gaetz led the revolt against McCarthy.

“Chaos is Speaker McCarthy. Chaos is somebody who we cannot trust with their word,” the Florida congressman said, according to Fox News.

It was unclear on Tuesday evening if McCarthy would seek to regain his seat, which he gained in January after multiple votes of the divided Republican majority. No clear candidate has emerged to succeed him.

Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina will serve as acting speaker, according to The Hill.

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Earlier Tuesday, the House failed to block the vote to boot McCarthy with 208 members voting to block the vote and 218 voting to move ahead. Eleven Republicans voted with the Democrats to form a majority.

Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries indicated Democrats would not support McCarthy, according to CNN.

“It is now the responsibility of the GOP members to end the House Republican Civil War. Given their unwillingness to break from MAGA extremism in an authentic and comprehensive manner, House Democratic leadership will vote yes on the pending Republican Motion to Vacate the Chair,” he wrote in a letter to his members.

The full roll call is available on the House website.

Former Vice President Mike Pence was critical of the vote, according to The Washington Post.

Pence called it “performance art” and said he expected McCarthy would regain the speakership.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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