Rep. Tom McClintock savages Rep. Matt Gaetz in letter

October 24, 2023

As the House speakership battle rages on, with new twists and turns by the hour on most days, there are still many in Congress very upset with the historic ouster of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

According to Breitbart, one of those angry GOP lawmakers is Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA).

He recently wrote a scathing letter to several anti-McCarthy lawmakers, including Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) regarding pleas he made with colleagues who were on the fence about Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and his potential to be the new speaker.

Breitbart noted:

As Breitbart News reported, seven House Republicans, including Matt Gaetz, pleaded with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) holdouts that they would gladly “accept censure, suspension, or removal from the Conference” if it meant having Jordan as speaker. The pledge failed and the House still has no Speaker weeks after Matt Gaetz led his successful coup.

McClintock's letter was "bitingly satirical," as Breitbart described it, and was a direct shot at Gaetz and several others.

"Your letter of October 20, in which you graciously offer to martyr yourselves as long as you can get your way, is perhaps the most selfless act in American history,” wrote McClintock.

He added, "I was certain that our Republican colleagues ‘who refuse to vote’ with the Republican majority would have been inspired by your stirring example of party discipline and loyalty to ‘vote with the team,’ as you so eloquently phrased it."

"I was frankly stunned when they did not. I do not understand why a handful of our fellow Republicans couldn’t see the simple fairness of the principle to which you have been so unswerving in your devotion: ‘heads-I-win-tails-you-lose,'" McClintock continued.

“We should have been moved by your willingness to suffer ‘censure, suspension, or removal from the conference’ to enforce your personal preferences on the overwhelming majority of your unenlightened colleagues.”

Before signing off as their "secret admirer," McClintock doubled down.

"With this in mind, I modestly suggest that you plan your martyrdom in the only way that truly matters: to have the wisdom to see the damage you have done to our country and to have the courage to set things right before it is too late," he wrote.

So far, House Republicans are still shuffling through the process of electing a new speaker, with new candidates and dropouts happening by the day.

Only time will tell if the party can finally come together and get back to work for the American people.

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