Rep. Gaetz said in a Wednesday statement.
“This changes neither my view of McCarthy, nor Trump, nor my vote.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz cast his vote for Rep. Jim Jordan, who has stated that he did not want to position of Speaker of the House. Rep. Jordan would go on to cast his vote for Rep. Kevin McCarthy.
Rep. McCarthy is now facing his fourth round of voting, and has been stalemated, finishing with 203 votes in the first two rounds of voting, and then down to 202 total votes in the third round of voting.
Former President Trump broke his silence Wednesday morning on the ongoing speaker election in the House. After three attempted votes Tuesday, the House was called to a close without a Speaker. Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican Leader from California, has remained the top Republican choice for the Speakership though he has faced some opposition as a few Republicans believe he isn’t the right candidate. In the first vote Tuesday, McCarthy received 203 votes, followed by 203 in the second vote, and 202 in the third vote. Not leaving much hope for Wednesday’s meeting.
In a Truth Social post, Trump broke his silence and discussed the Republican leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, California. Trump mentioned how he would be the best choice – giving McCarthy his continued support. He mentioned that this would be an embarrassing defeat as Democrats remained united in giving all of their votes to Rep. Hakeem Jefferies, D-NY., in each of Tuesday’s three voting cycles. Though many Republicans in the House still seem to oppose McCarthy for the position.