GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) went on Ari Melber’s show on MSNBC and confirmed the DC establishment’s worst nightmare. Gaetz and other conservatives actually agree with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the liberal Democrats on way more than they disagree.
They will always have their differences, but if you look at recent Congressional votes you will see Gaetz and others in the GOP and AOC and Ilham Omar and others on the left vote together on major issues like reigning in the DC establishment, banning stock trades by Congress, no more stupid wars, etc.
The DC establishment’s (and the media’s) worst fear is that the populists on the right and on the left will work together to end the waste, fraud, and abuse that runs DC. They get rich while we go deeper into debt.
Melber said: “Been a little while. So people have seen you there. We look at the new rules. First question, what do you think you or the Republican caucus are now achieving under these new rules?”
Gaetz said: “These new rules will last long past my time in Congress or Kevin McCarthy’s as speaker, and they democratize the process so that individual members can offer amendments, can target spending for reductions.
“It was even Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that went on Alex Wagner’s program during this balloting and said that a lot of the things that we were fighting for as conservative populists were supported by populists on the left because it didn’t concentrate so much power in the hands of the speaker and the leadership.
“I think that will vindicate the service of all 435 members.
“Let’s take a look at some of the rules. As you mentioned, a single member, instead of a larger group, can force a kind of ‘no confidence’ vote, a longer time to read the bills, others up on the screen.
“Thus far, do you feel that McCarthy is following all of this?
“And do you expect there to be a potential ‘no confidence’ vote in his tenure or that’s probably off the table now?”
“I don’t expect it, though, of course, it is good for the health of the institution for any speaker to know that one member could call for a vote on their reign in power.
“I’m particularly pleased that Kevin McCarthy has been meeting his commitments on policy, on procedure, and on personnel.
“We’ve got a number of great conservatives now on the Rules Committee and on the Appropriations Committee that wouldn’t have had that opportunity, but for this temporary clash at the beginning of the year, I think we’re a stronger team now going forward.
“And I think we’ve given Kevin McCarthy every reason to be the very best version of himself,” he said.
As of tonight, I am undecided as to whether or not I would vote to remove Rep. @Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee. pic.twitter.com/nNePwNBJqq
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 31, 2023
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