Republican Kevin McCarthy, Speaker of the House, was unexpectedly removed by members of his own party, marking the first such removal in U.S. history.
Rebellion was led by Florida’s Matt Gaetz, who accused McCarthy of making a “secret deal” with President Biden on Ukraine aid. This feud stemmed from McCarthy’s concessions to a right-wing faction within his party, including a debt ceiling deal with Democrats.
Selecting a new Speaker is underway during the House’s week-long recess. Finding a unifying figure is challenging due to the divisive nature of McCarthy’s removal.
Patrick McHenry of North Carolina may temporarily lead. Other contenders include Louisiana’s Steve Scalise and Minnesota’s Tom Emmer. McCarthy won’t seek re-election.
Democrats cite mistrust in McCarthy due to his shifting stance on Donald Trump’s role in the Capitol attack and concessions to the right wing.
McCarthy’s removal leaves a leadership void, impacting critical issues like the budget, Ukraine aid, and President Biden’s impeachment inquiry. This episode may deepen public disillusionment with U.S. politics.