“The presidency of the Lower House is declared vacant,” said the legislator in charge of leading the session in Congress.
The revenge against Kevin McCarthy for having helped keep the Government open financially is already served. The civil war between Republicans, unleashed by a minority of ultras (eight) led by Matt Gaetz, ended yesterday with the dismissal of the president of the Lower House and leader of the conservative majority, something never seen in the history of the United States.
The Chamber remains paralyzed, with an interim leader, waiting for another war to choose a successor
The result was 216 votes in favor of his expulsion (among them, eight Republican dissidents) against 210 against and marked a day for the annals. Seven legislators did not vote. Four of them were Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi.
To neutralize the operation, a proposal was hastily proposed to prevent a single legislator from forcing a vote to remove the president of the House. But it failed. Eleven Republicans opposed it, along with Democrats, and then the show began.
It was an unparalleled spectacle to see how Republicans took the floor to tear apart not a rival, but one of their own, their supposed leader, while others, more numerous, praised the speaker and they criticized the dissidents for being agents of chaos in the House and in the country. “Chaos is McCarthy, someone you can’t trust his word for,” Gaetz replied.
Meanwhile, the Democrats listened and didn’t open their mouths, they didn’t need to.