“MAGA is ascendant,” Gaetz advised Steve Bannon on the ex-Donald Trump advisor’s podcast on Wednesday.
“Should you don’t suppose that shifting from to MAGA Mike Johnson reveals the ascendance of this motion and the place the facility within the Republican Social gathering actually lies, you then’re not paying consideration.”
Johnson, a Louisiana Republican, was elected speaker Wednesday following three weeks of chaos after Gaetz prompted the ouster of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) from the position.
Gaetz was indignant that McCarthy labored with Democrats to avert a authorities shutdown and didn’t acquiesce to different calls for of a hard-right faction of lawmakers he led.
Republicans cycled via three nominees earlier than managing to agree on Johnson, who holds extreme views on girls’s and LGBTQ+ rights and led a push to throw out the 2020 election outcomes on Trump’s behalf.
Rep. (D-Va.) steered Gaetz’s identify for Johnson was acceptable.
″‘MAGA Mike Johnson,‘” he wrote on X (previously Twitter). “House Republicans’ phrases, not ours.”
, senior adviser to the anti-Trump Lincoln Mission group, known as on the media to “cease burying the lede” about “MAGA Mike,” including that he would “do the bidding of” the extremist agenda.
Hey—mainstream media…cease burying the lede about “MAGA” @RepMikeJohnson
“ MAGA Mike” is a pacesetter of the Jan sixth objectors, a Trump ally and can do the bidding of the intolerant populist MAGA extremist agenda.
This isn’t somebody worthy of the Speaker’s gavel. https://t.co/gHd5Zr9zg9
— Tara Setmayer 🌻 (@TaraSetmayer) October 25, 2023
Politico Washington correspondent Rachael Bade stated “that nickname is gonna stick.”
And former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Unwell.) stated Gaetz was right, calling Johnson’s election a victory for the Florida lawmaker.
Gaetz is right. Mike Johnson, not like McCarthy, is MAGA. It’s a MAGA get together. Johnson as Speaker might be a victory for Gaetz. https://t.co/uYqUTDKBIA
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 25, 2023
Different journalists and commentators zeroed in on Gaetz’s comment about “the place the facility within the Republican Social gathering actually lies.”
“Matt Gaetz retains being proper and it’s sort of annoying,” former Republican Nationwide Committee spokesperson Tim Miller wrote.
See among the different commentary under.
The largest drawback with Mike Johnson isn’t that he is an election denier.
It is that Republicans acquiesced to the demand that ONLY an election denier can lead them, and anybody (like Emmer) who voted to certify the election is disqualified. So yeah, the extremists gained. https://t.co/K2H3blSVlp
— Tom Malinowski (@Malinowski) October 25, 2023