The nomination comes after Kevin McCarthy failed to win the 218 votes needed to become Speaker, with 20 GOP hold outs refusing to vote for McCarthy. Gaetz is among those 20, and has since Monday voted for Andy Biggs, Byron Donalds, and on Thursday, Trump. Those hold outs are Andy Biggs, Dan Bishop, Lauren Boebert, Josh Brecheen, Michael Cloud, Andrew Clyde, Eli Crane, Byron Donalds, Matt Gaetz, Bob Good, Paul Gosar, Andy Harris, Anna Paulina Luna, Mary Miller, Ralph Norman, Andy Ogles, Scott Perry, Matt Rosendale, Chip Roy, and Keith Self.
Donald Trump himself has told the Republican party on several occasions to vote for McCarthy, encouraging them to "take the victory and run" on Wednesday. Trump has endorsed McCarthy since the midterm elections that saw the GOP take the House. Georgia's Marjorie Taylor Greene, also of the Freedom Caucus along with Gaetz, also backs McCarthy.
Greene has slammed her fellow Freedom Caucus members for using the opportunity of blocking McCarthy's ascension to the speakership to gain power for themselves, and has expressed thar behind closed doors, these members sought to curry committee appointments for themselves in exchange for votes for McCarthy.
Gaetz reminisced fondly about the Trump presidency while nominating him on the House floor. Gaetz had voted for Trump in a previous round as well, despite Trump not having been nominated in that round.
"My friends, when Donald Trump was President, taxes were cut, regulations were slashed, energy was abundant, real wages were rising, capital was returning from overseas to fund the dreams and ambitions of our fellow Americans and the economy was roaring. What a contrast to what we have seen from this administration now," he said. "And so I rise to nominate Donald Trump for the position of Speaker of the House.""We must make our country great again and he can start by making the House of Representatives great again," he added.
Until there is a House Speaker in place, the people's representatives cannot conduct the business they were elected to do. Democrats continue to give their support to Brooklyn's Rep. Hakeem Jeffries for Speaker, and he has earned their 212 votes during each of the 11 voting sessions.
A senior House staffer told The Post Millennial that it is uncertain as to whether McCarthy has a path to victory at this point, and that there are 7 stalwart hold-outs. McCarthy needs 16 of the objectors to vote for him if he is to win the speakership.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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