A ‘lawmaker in TEARS’, Republicans praying together and lining up to hug a defeated Kevin


Kevin McCarthy is well known on Capitol Hill for being attracted like a magnet to TV cameras.

But on Tuesday night, as the eyes of the world were trained on him, he walked into his office without saying a word.

Surrounded by his closest aides he gave only a wry smile as the scale of the calamity that had just befallen him sank in.

The defiance he’d shown for days in the face of a rebellion from conservatives in his party quickly faded as he became the first Speaker in history to be voted out by his colleagues.

Less than three hours later, he announced he would not run for Speaker again in a move that stunned his allies. 

The last time Congress tried to evict its Speaker was in 1910, and it failed. 

Kevin McCarthy is well known on Capitol Hill for being attracted like a magnet to TV cameras. But on Tuesday night, as the eyes of the world were trained on him, he walked into his office without saying a word

Kevin McCarthy is well known on Capitol Hill for being attracted like a magnet to TV cameras. But on Tuesday night, as the eyes of the world were trained on him, he walked into his office without saying a word

As the first of the eight Republicans backed the motion to vacate the chair, his strain and the dire situation he was in started to show.

The office of Speaker of the House of the United House of Representatives is hereby declared vacant,’ declared Rep. Steve Womack as he presided over the extraordinary and unprecedented moment.

When the gavel came down, and McCarthy’s fate was sealed, colleagues came up and started to hug him.

A group of his colleagues prayed on the floor and one Republican, Rep. Ann Wagner could allegedly be seen in tears after the 216-210 vote to remove him as Speaker.

It threw the Republican party even deeper into chaos and marked a low point in the GOP turmoil sparked by infighting.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, who led the rebellion against McCarthy, was booed as he accused the Speaker of siding with Democrats and breaking his promises in the package to avert a government shutdown.

They also said he had not pushed hard enough to cut spending, and was too willing to send money to Ukraine. 

He blasted the top Republican for being ‘owned by lobbyists and special interests’. 

‘I take no lecture on asking patriotic Americans to weigh in and contribute to this fight from those who would grovel and bend knee for the lobbyists and special interests who own our leadership’. 

Surrounded by his closest aides he gave only a wry smile as the scale of the calamity that had just befallen him sank in

Surrounded by his closest aides he gave only a wry smile as the scale of the calamity that had just befallen him sank in

It was a scene reminiscent of nine months earlier, where McCarthy and Gaetz squared off in the lower chamber during the 15th brutal rounds of votes to elect him as Speaker.

‘It’s to the benefit of this country that we have a better Speaker of the House than Kevin McCarthy,’ Gaetz added as he left Capitol Hill following the vote.

‘Kevin McCarthy is a feature of the Swamp,’ he said to stick the knife into his nemesis.

It was unclear on Tuesday night who would succeed McCarthy as Speaker, with House Republicans in disarray.

McCarthy’s allies have insisted they want him to run again, and have refused to give Gaetz a ‘scalp’.

But their hopes were dash when McCarthy told colleagues in a conference meeting that he was ruling himself out. 

The drama unfolded after the Florida Republican introduced his motion to kick McCarthy out on Monday night.

On Tuesday morning, Democrats emerged from talks saying they wouldn’t help the Speaker escape, and would all vote to remove him.

For McCarthy, it went rapidly downhill from there. 

The humiliating end for McCarthy sent shockwaves across Capitol Hill and secured his title as the shortest-serving Speaker since 1875, following a rollercoaster tenure of nine months.

Patrick McHenry, a staunch McCarthy ally, was named as interim Speaker. He was one of the Republicans who rose to voice their support the Republican leader

Patrick McHenry, a staunch McCarthy ally, was named as interim Speaker. He was one of the Republicans who rose to voice their support the Republican leader 

 

Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina stunned her colleagues by voting to boot McCarthy from leadership. The free-wheeling congresswoman said her vote was about 'trust'

Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina stunned her colleagues by voting to boot McCarthy from leadership. The free-wheeling congresswoman said her vote was about ‘trust’

Republican Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina stunned her colleagues by voting to boot McCarthy from leadership.

The free-wheeling congresswoman said her vote was about ‘trust.’

‘It’s not ideological. It’s about having a leader in our nation who will tell the truth, who you can trust,’ she told DailyMail.com. ‘I am looking for a speaker who will tell the truth.’

But in January she tweeted that Gaetz is a ‘fraud’ for his McCarthy opposition.

Former President Trump, who spent the day in a New York court, seemed to disapprove of the drama playing out in Congress’ lower chamber.

‘Why is it that Republicans are always fighting among themselves, why aren’t they fighting the Radical Left Democrats who are destroying our Country?’

In 2010, McCarthy wrote a book with former Speaker Paul Ryan and ex-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor called Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders.

For McCarthy, his tenure as leader ended in utterly shambolic scenes. 



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