Republican Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert called out former President Donald Trump on Wednesday over his endorsement of California Rep. Kevin McCarthy for speaker of the House.
Boebert spoke on the floor as the House began its fifth vote for a new speaker of the House. Boebert re-nominated Republican Florida Rep. Byron Donalds, who received 20 votes on the fourth ballot and went on to receive 20 votes on the fifth.
Boebert alleged that she and some of her fellow Republicans were “threatened pretty heavily” during conference discussions to get McCarthy the necessary votes to win the speakership.
“Our job is not to coronate the biggest fundraiser or rubber stamp the status quo or keep on going along to get along. It’s to use our votes to elect a speaker who will enable us to get our country back on track,” Boebert said. “Getting the job done is what we were elected to do. And that starts with having a leader who supports Republican principles, builds consensus and has a proven track record of success.” (RELATED: Alleged ‘Weed Lady’ Rep. Nancy Mace Asks Rep. Matt Gaetz If He’s On Drugs)
“Let’s stop with the campaign smears and tactics to get people to turn against us, even having my favorite president call us and tell us we need to knock this off, I think it actually needs to be reversed. The president needs to tell Kevin McCarthy that, ‘Sir, you do not have the votes and it’s time to withdraw,'” she concluded, drawing groans and a few whoops from the chamber.
Trump broke his silence on the deadlocked speakership race early Wednesday morning, posting on Truth Social that Republicans need to “close the deal” and “take the victory.”
“DO NOT TURN A GREAT TRIUMPH INTO A GIANT & EMBARRASSING DEFEAT. IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE, YOU DESERVE IT,” Trump posted, reiterating the endorsement he originally made before the midterm elections.
The house adjourned Tuesday after three failed votes to elect a speaker. As of 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the members-elect had cast two more ballots without any candidate receiving the 218 votes needed to win the gavel.