Gingrich: Greene’s move to remove Speaker Johnson ‘unleashed demons’



Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich commented on the current state of the House, blaming Congressman Matt Gaetz for “unleashing the demons” when he led an effort to remove former Rep. Kevin McCarthy from his leadership position. Gingrich stated that since McCarthy’s removal, the House has been a “disaster”, and the current Speaker Mike Johnson has been left with a difficult position to manage. He added that these circumstances highlight the need for a larger Republican majority in the House and the return of Donald Trump to the presidency.

Newt Gingrich Discusses the Impact of Matt Gaetz’s Actions on House Republicans

Newt Gingrich, ex-House Speaker, has claimed that Representative Matt Gaetz’s (R-Fla.) campaign to remove former Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) from his leadership role in 2020 stirred up turmoil, leading to disorder in the lower chamber. Gingrich made these comments while addressing early retirements among House Republicans like Reps. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.) on “The Ingraham Angle”.

Gingrich emphasized the damage done to the system by Gaetz’s actions, which he described as “unleashing the demons.” He pointed out that McCarthy, who had managed to raise $480 million and secure seats for three consecutive elections, was forced out of office, resulting in a chaotic aftermath.

Current House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) shouldn’t be blamed for the legislative performance in the House post-McCarthy’s removal, according to Gingrich. He believes Johnson has been dealt a difficult hand to play.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who has been critical of Johnson’s leadership, filed a motion to vacate on Friday, a similar step which ousted McCarthy in October. However, she didn’t provide a timeline for when she would force the vote on the motion, which won’t be considered until after the Easter recess.

Gingrich used this series of events as a compelling argument for why Republicans need not only former President Trump back in the White House, but also a more substantial majority in the House. He expressed that a larger majority would enable better governance despite disagreements during legislative proceedings.

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