Matt Gaetz Adds New Name to Speaker Battle, Votes for Trump in 7th Round of Voting

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has added a new name to the Speaker of the House battle, voting for President Donald Trump on the 7th ballot.

During the vote Thursday, Gaetz stated, on the record, that he was casting his vote for “Donald John Trump.”


Gaetz recently told Fox News that Trump’s support of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was “sad.”

However, he noted that his vote against McCarthy, who Trump backed, doesn’t change his opinion of the 45th president.

“This changes neither my view of McCarthy, nor Trump, nor my vote,” Gaetz said at the time.

Despite the fighting, Trump said all will be well because the process is making the GOP stronger:

“I actually think that a big Republican VICTORY today, after going through numerous Roll Calls that failed to produce a Speaker of the House, has made the position & process of getting to be Speaker BIGGER & MORE IMPORTANT than if it were done in the more traditional way.

“Much like me again becoming President after having won big in 2016.”

According to Axios:

“This is a break from the unified faction of 20 House Republicans who’d been voting for Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Florida) and blocking GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy from winning the speakership.

“Nothing in the Constitution requires the speaker to be a sitting member of Congress, though that has been the case throughout U.S history.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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