Former US President Donald Trump (2017-2021) on Wednesday broke the spear in favor of the candidate for the presidency of the lower house of the US, who created history on Tuesday by being elected to the post by a vote after losing three votes. His own match.
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“Had some really good conversations last night and Now is the time for all of our great Republican members of the House to vote for Kevin, seal the deal, and win“, he told via a message on the Truth Social social network.
Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy was defeated on Tuesday in the vote for the presidency of the United States House of Representatives in the 118th Legislature for the third consecutive time due to a rebellion by his party’s hardliners.
With 202 votes, the leader of the Republican caucus did not garner the 218 endorsements needed to replace Democrat Nancy Pelosi. As the new speaker of the lower house, despite the fact that his party has a parliamentary majority.
“Republicans, don’t turn a huge victory into a huge and embarrassing defeat. It’s time to celebrate, you deserve it. Kevin McCarthy will do a good job, and maybe a good job too,” said Trump, who announced That he would run for the presidency to be his party’s nomination for the next year’s presidential election.
For his part, United States President Joe Biden described as “shameful” the blocking of the election of the new leader of the House of Representatives due to internal divisions among Republicans.
Before leaving for a trip to Kentucky, the president told reporters in the White House gardens that the House blockade was not his “problem”, but warned Republicans that Tuesday’s show was “embarrassing” and “the rest of the world is watching.”
How is the calculation of voting?
The right wing of the Republican Party, grouped in the so-called Freedom Caucus, blocks the election of a new leader of the House of Representatives, which cannot begin until a new “Speaker” is elected, with 20 independent Republicans not supporting McCarthy. . on Tuesday.
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It was the first time since 1923, exactly a century earlier, that the lower house failed to name its speaker in the first vote.
The ultra-conservative Congressmen McCarthy did not negotiate with them on reforming the debate rules or names to lead congressional committees in the new legislature.
The regulation does not contemplate any other option than to continue repeating votes until one has achieved the required majority. The House of Representatives will resume voting this Wednesday at noon.
McCarthy assured this Wednesday that he was confident he had enough support to preside over the House. “I think we’ll get to 218,” the congressman told the media upon entering the US Capitol.
“We’re talking,” added the candidate, who has spent the past few hours trying to garner the support of wayward congressmen who refused to give him their endorsement in three votes on Tuesday.