Rep. Matt Gaetz nominates Donald Trump to be Speaker of House
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You know Donald Trump is a special kind of loser when, in addition to losing a presidential election and his dignity while flogging digital trading cards, he’s lost an election he hasn’t even put himself forward for: speaker of the House.
The vote to determine the next speaker of the House of Representatives after Nancy Pelosi is – incredibly – still ongoing after 11 rounds of voting, which means it’s the longest election process for a House speaker since 1855.
It comes amid a continued conflict amid Republican representatives over who they think should get the job, as while 200 politicians backed Kevin McCarthy, far-right Republicans such as Lauren Boebert and Matt Gaetz are refusing to lend him the support he needs to hit the magic number of 218 votes.
And it’s thanks to Mr Gaetz, the representative for Florida’s first congressional district, that former president Mr Trump received just one nomination for House speaker on Thursday.
It's rather awkward, seeing as Mr Trump is likely more focused on his bid to become president again in 2024, using a post on his Truth Social platform to call on fellow Republicans to “vote for Kevin, close the deal [and] take the victory”.
On the same day that he declared he was voting for Mr Trump, Mr Gaetz said he would resign as a representative if a more moderate Republican is elected as the leader.
He told Fox News on Thursday evening: “If Democrats join up to elect a moderate Republican, I will resign from the House of Representatives. That is how certain I am, I can assure your viewers that won’t happen.”