Republican Kevin McCarthy failed again on the third day in the election for the presidency of the US House of Representatives. By Thursday evening (local time), the 57-year-old had not received the necessary number of votes in ten ballots. Previously he had tried in vain to persuade his opponents to give up their resistance. Several members of his party continue to block the election. An overview of his most persistent critics.
Lauren Boebert made her big appearance on Wednesday. The right-wing Trump supporter from the state of Colorado then nominated her party colleague Bryan Donalds – as a candidate against parliamentary group leader Kevin McCarthy. Unlike the majority of Republican speakers, 36-year-old Boebert brought Donald Trump into play. "The President" must tell McCarthy that he does not have the necessary votes "and that it is time to retire". Boos and cheers in the plenum. Laughter from the Democrats.
Trump didn't listen to Boebert; the election loser of 2020 is holding back for his circumstances these days. Boebert is known as a gun nut, she has been currying favor with Trump for years. The FBI search of his property last year was tantamount to a "coup d'etat," she said at the time. She repeatedly expressed doubts about Joe Biden's election victory in November 2020.
She narrowly defended her constituency in the midterm elections that same year, with just 50.06 percent of the vote. Her Democratic challenger got 49.89 percent. Before her election to Congress, Beobert ran Shooters Grill, a firearms-themed restaurant in Colorado. She always encouraged her employees to carry guns while working.
He likes to raise his fist, and Matt Gaetz often takes part in Donald Trump's performances. On Thursday afternoon, during the seventh round of voting for Speaker of the House, Gaetz got up from his seat in the fifth row and called out the name of Donald John Trump. Even the far-right Trump supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was sitting next to him, had to laugh. Gaetz, 40, from Florida, is promoting Trump's lie about "cheating" in the 2020 presidential election.
In an earlier ballot in this week's speaker election, Gaetz campaigned for hard-right party colleague Jim Jordan. He offers "more visions" than McCarthy, stands against the "lobbyists", against all those Democrats and Republicans who are responsible for corruption in the USA. Gaetz' message: McCarthy is a lobbyist's lobbyist. When a party friend insulted Gaetz and the other McCarthy critics as "Taliban", Gaetz etched: "I too am prepared for a long fight which I will ultimately win."
Gaetz is a foreign policy isolationist. After the speech by Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Congress at the end of 2022, he demonstratively remained seated. “No more BILLIONS for Ukraine!” Gaetz demanded as early as July 2022. When entrepreneur Elon Musk claimed in the summer that the likelihood of nuclear war was increasing rapidly, Gaetz commented: “Maintaining Ukraine as an international mecca for money laundering is not worth."
A few days ago, Republican MP Bob Good said that Kevin McCarthy would “never” become speaker of the House of Representatives. Good, 57, always voted against his fellow party member. Like most McCarthy critics, Good is a member of the right-wing Freedom Caucus, publicly doubts the 2020 election result and has been supported by Trump. Good comes from the state of Virginia and describes himself as "biblically conservative".
He fights for the gun lobby and opposes toilets for transgender people. Good was once an employee of the private Christian Liberty University. In the primaries within his party, he prevailed against the incumbent Republican congressman after he had married two homosexual former campaign workers. Good sees himself as a fighter against rising socialism and radicalism from the left.
Rep. Dan Bishop made his mark on a creative legislative issue: drafting his state's North Carolina "toilet law." This forces transgender people in public buildings to use the toilet that matches the gender on their birth certificate. Bishop, 58, built his political career on support from the National Rifle Association, a gun lobby group.
In the internal party primary, he attacked his competitor by comparing him to left-wing democrats. A 2019 Trump rally with Bishop garnered national attention when Trump attacked Democratic MP Ilhan Omar, who was born in Somalia, and the crowd chanted, "Send her back!"