After Kevin McCarthy made history by becoming the first Speaker of the House of Representatives to be removed from power, many thought he would try to run for the post again.
However, Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) just announced that McCarthy has thrown in the towel and will not run for speaker again.
Instead, Nehls officially nominated President Donald Trump to the post.
The House speaker does not have to be an elected representative so Trump, if he wanted to, could run for the job.
Nehls said: “Kevin McCarthy will NOT be running again as Speaker.
“I nominate Donald J. Trump for Speaker of the House.”
Kevin McCarthy will NOT be running again as Speaker.
I nominate Donald J. Trump for Speaker of the House.
— Congressman Troy E. Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) October 3, 2023
🚨 #BREAKING: REP. TROY NEHLS (R-TX) SAY’S HE’S NOMINATING DONALD TRUMP TO BE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE
Would you support Donald Trump for Speaker?
Nothing stopping him from being Speaker while running for President! pic.twitter.com/Rfaw89pxeg
— Nick Sortor (@nicksortor) October 3, 2023
8 Republicans joined with Democrats to remove McCarthy as speaker after just 269 days.
Here are the House Republicans who voted to oust McCarthy:
- Andy Biggs of Arizona
- Ken Buck of Colorado
- Tim Burchett of Tennessee
- Eli Crane of Arizona
- Matt Gaetz of Florida
- Bob Good of Virginia
- Nancy Mace of South Carolina
- Matt Rosendale of Montana
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) who led the charge to remove McCarthy said:
“I have no desire to be speaker of the house.
“He has risen to power by collecting special interest money and redistributing that money in exchange for favors.
“We are breaking the fever and we should elect a speaker who is better.”
The House will now have to elect a new speaker.
It was not immediately clear who would replace the California Republican.
GOP Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) was named speaker in the interim.