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OFFICIAL: McCarthy Becomes House Speaker After Longest Fight Since Civil War

McCarthy took the position after 15 rounds of voting over four days.

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy has become Speaker of the House, after the longest fight for the position since the civil war, going to 15 rounds before being decided late on Friday night.

McCarthy finally won the position on Friday night, after four days of votes concluded with a victory for the California Republican. Initially, a group of around 21 Republicans consistently rebelled and refused to vote for McCarthy for Speaker, but 14 of the rebels peeled off to support him in the twelfth round of voting.

Reps. Dan Bishop, Josh Brecheen, Michael Cloud, Andrew Clyde, Byron Donalds, Paul Gosar, Anna Paulina Luna, Mary Miller, Ralph Norman, Andy Ogles, Scott Perry, Chip Roy, and Keith Self, who had voted for numerous other candidates, including Jim Jordan and Donalds himself, voted for McCarthy to cheers from their fellow Republicans on Friday afternoon.

Rep. Victoria Spartz also voted for McCarthy in the twelfth round, having consistently voted “present” since Wednesday. Reps. Andy Biggs, Lauren Boebert, Eli Crane, Matt Gaetz, Bob Good, Andy Harris, and Matt Rosendale, all stuck by their anti-McCarthy votes, with Gaetz nominating Jordan, and Boebert backing Kevin Hern.

During the thirteenth round of voting, no alternative Republican candidate to McCarthy was nominated, marking the first time in the proceedings that this had occurred. Harris switched his vote to McCarthy, but no others did, ensuring that the California Republican still did not have a majority. The last anti-McCarthy holdouts all backed Jordan for Speaker.

After the House reconvened at 10 p.m., the fourteenth vote almost went in McCarthy’s favour. Despite Biggs and Good still voting for Jordan, and Crane and Rosendale backing Biggs, Boebert and Gaetz voted present, leaving McCarthy waiting, by only a single vote.

While Gaetz was speaking before the twelfth round to nominate Jordan, the Florida Representative was interrupted by Rep. Mike Bost of Illinois. Gaetz had previously backed 45th President Donald Trump to take the Speakership on Thursday.

Rosendale appeared to have flipped his vote to McCarthy for a moment in the twelfth round, loudly shouting “Kevin,” but following it up with “Hern,” much to the amusement of many watching the proceedings.

Ultimately, McCarthy was elected with 216 Republican votes against 212 Democratic votes. Six voted present. It was the 15th round of voting.

McCarthy’s election was made possible when Reps. Biggs, Crane, Good, and Roy changed their vote to “present,” allowing McCarthy to win without the 218 votes typically necessary.

As Valiant News reported, McCarthy revealed he had “dinner” with billionaire Klaus Schwab at the World Economic Forum in 2018 during remarks he made on a panel with Mitch McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, a shipping heiress of Chinese descent.

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Jack Hadfield
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Jack Hadfield is the Associate Editor at Valiant News. An investigative reporter from the UK, and the director and presenter of "Destination Dover: Migrants in the Channel, his work has appeared in such sites as Breitbart and The Political Insider. You can follow him on Gab @JH, on Telegram @JackHadders, or see his other social media by visiting jackhadfield.co.uk.

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    gary b vogt

    January 7, 2023 at 8:28 am

    The simple fact is, a leopard can’t and don’t change its’ spots, but the voted him in anyway.

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      Kathleen Marion

      January 7, 2023 at 10:55 pm

      He had to concede to a number of things including any member can object to his leadership and demand a recall. He’s on a slippery slope and under the eagle’s eye. One screw up and he’s toast! Technically they’ve got him by his balls with little to no wiggle room.

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    DrBillLemoine

    January 7, 2023 at 8:48 am

    Sad to see and say the 118th House will be nothing more than a publicity platform for the 20 recalcitrant GOP members who for the most part caved to McCarthy without really supporting him. He gave away most or all of the Speaker’s powers to garner the 10% of the vote that held out for 14 rounds of voting for Speaker. While former Speaker Pelosi could wrangle Democratic cats for much significant program passage with a 4 vote majority for 2 years, McCarthy is now beholden to the radicals who promoted or supported the January 6, 2021, insurrection invasion and desecration of the Capitol building. They should go to jail with leader Trump soon as the laws of the land continue governing America against such anti-American and anarchistic behavior. I look forward to their comeuppance under law.

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      Vickie S

      January 7, 2023 at 12:11 pm

      So how do you feel about the Capitol Riot by the Left in May of 2020? Instead of people peacefully walking through the capitol and staying inside the velvet ropes (with the exception of the now-proven Feds and their lackeys doing mischief) the Leftists on May 20 started fires and created mass mayhem. But that’s OK Dr Bill? https://selfreliancecentral.com/2022/11/21/the-capitol-riot-they-like-to-keep-quiet/

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      John Harmon

      January 7, 2023 at 1:30 pm

      Your tunnel vision is showing, DrB……

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    1PatriotForever

    January 7, 2023 at 9:00 am

    AND? People actually believe a lair, a traitor, a reprobate imoral anti American is going to honor his word?
    hahahahahahaha
    yeah Sure
    Hilarious
    we are doomed

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    Drosack

    January 7, 2023 at 9:58 am

    I could hear the whacking clear over here.

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    Wes

    January 7, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    Sadly, I don’t expect to see the kind of changes we need with McCarthy as Speaker. The Democrats still have the Senate and the White House so they can only do so much. However, the new Speaker must put on his armor and fight for us conservatives. The question is does McCarthy have the ability?

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    CharlieSeattle

    January 7, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    Soo, a big conservative dog collar on RINO McCarthy and no leash? How’s zat gonna work?

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    Jack Simpson

    January 7, 2023 at 8:28 pm

    He has nothing to be proud of. For the longest time in history his fellow republicans wouldn’t vote for him. They know who and what he is. God help the U.S.A. now.

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