Rep. Maxine Waters (R-Calif.) said Sunday that she will not “save” Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) if Republicans decide to oust him as speaker.
“I cannot speak for the leadership, and I think Chairman Jeffries has said let’s see what happens. But I for one, I’m not prepared to save him. Not at all. Not with the cuts that they’re proposing,” Waters told MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart. “They are devastating this country. They are undermining children and veterans and seniors with the kind of cuts that they’re proposing. And they’re literally almost eliminating education in this country.”
Under current House rules, it only takes one member to bring up a motion to vacate the speakership.
Waters comments come as McCarthy is facing a revolt from hard-line members of his conference who are threatening to shutdown the government in six days unless their demands are met.
Asked about a potential shutdown, Waters said the Republican Party is in “disarray” and McCarthy has lost control.
“The Republican Party is in complete disarray. It is chaotic. The speaker is on his knees begging, but he sold his soul when we had 15 Roll calls that was taken in order for him to get to be speaker, and now he has no control. We’re headed for a shutdown,” Waters said.