Many House Republicans are still extremely upset that former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was vacated from his leadership position thanks to a group of eight Republican House members who sided with Democrats in a motion to vacate vote.
According to Breitbart, one of those still-angry House Republicans is Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), who introduced a jaw-dropping new rule that would expel members for not voting with the majority.
The outlet noted:
McClintock offered the amendment to prevent a handful of Republicans in a slim majority from partnering with Democrats on significant motions like the motion to vacate that was used to remove then-Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) when eight Republicans voted with a unified bloc of Democrats.
His proposed rule came right before the House was expected to begin voting on a new speaker.
Many ridiculed the new rule, as it would effectively hamstring any dissenting Republican vote, even if it included 49% of the conference.
🚨BREAKING: Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) is proposing a new GOP conference rule that would automatically kick any Republican member out of the conference if they vote against the GOP leadership’s position on Speaker Races, Rules votes, Amendments to House rules or if they sign a… pic.twitter.com/yTOjpp1Dsf
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 11, 2023
As Greg Price noted in another X post, "Rep. McClintock also famously left the House Freedom Caucus 8 years ago because he didn’t want to defund DACA or Planned Parenthood."
McClintock's office clarified the rule proposal in an email obtained by Breitbart.
"The proposed rule would automatically remove members from the Republican Conference if they voted on the House Floor contrary to how the conference votes in conference on Speaker Races, Rules votes, or if they sign a discharge petition without the leave of Conference. There is a method to add members back to the Conference with a 2/3rds majority of Conference voting for them to be added back into the Conference," the email read.
Social media users reacted to the proposed rule, and mostly not in McClintock's favor.
"That is rabidly insane. Debate and voting is what our founding system is based on. He needs to find a new job. I'm really curious to know which Republican communists would sign up for that. The Speaker isn't a Dictator," one X user wrote.
That is rabidly insane. Debate and voting is what our founding system is based on. He needs to find a new job.
I'm really curious to know which Republican communists would sign up for that. The Speaker isn't a Dictator.
— Wendy Patterson (@wendyp4545) October 11, 2023
Another social media user summed it up best, writing, "In other words, represent the party not the voters."
The House still remains speakerless, and in late-breaking news, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) dropped out of the running, leaving Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) the frontrunner, for now.