Gingrich responds to Greene’s bid to oust Speaker Johnson: Gaetz ‘has unleashed the demons’

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said this congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) “unleashed the demons” when he led an effort to oust the former lawmaker last year. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) from his leadership post.

Gingrich responded to a question from the Fox host Laura Ingraham about why some House Republicans, like Reps. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.), left Congress before their terms ended.

Gingrich said some of Gaetz’s stint last year that ended McCarthy’s term as speaker should not be downplayed and that the House has been a “disaster” since then.

“Well, I think, first of all, you would have to take a completely different approach,” Gingrich said Friday on “The Ingraham Angle.” “We should not underestimate how bad what Matt Gaetz did was for the entire system. He unleashed the demons, he went after someone who would raise $480 million, who won seats in three elections in a row, and he drove Kevin McCarthy out of office. From then on it was a disaster.”

The former House speaker said he doesn’t blame current House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) for the House’s legislative performance because he was put in a tough spot after McCarthy’s ouster.

“I don’t blame Johnson, I think Speaker Johnson has a hand that’s virtually impossible to play and I think some people are just making it worse,” he said.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), one of Johnson’s biggest critics since he took the gavel, did filed a request for eviction on Friday, the same procedural step as this one booted McCarthy in October. She said it was a “warning” but also explained that she had “no timetable” for when she would force a vote on the motion, which is currently not privileged and therefore will not be considered after the Easter recess.

Gingrich said all of these developments provide good justification for why Republicans need not only former President Trump in the White House, but also a larger majority in the House of Representatives to create room for disagreement when passing legislation.

“This is the best argument I have seen why we need to elect not only Donald Trump, but a very large majority with him,” Gingrich said. “When I was Speaker, I had much more opportunity than Johnson to lead the House because I had a large enough majority. You could have five or ten people who are crazy and you could still govern. He doesn’t have a one-vote majority.”

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