Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich is calling on Republicans to expel Matt Gaetz from the conference as the Florida lawmaker seeks to remove Kevin McCarthy (R-CA.) as Speaker.
“Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) is an anti-Republican who has become actively destructive to the conservative movement,” Gingrich wrote in an op-ed published by the Washington Post.
“Gaetz’s motion to remove McCarthy should be swiftly defeated, and then he should be expelled from the House Republican Conference,” Gingrich added. “House Republicans have far more important things to do than entertain one member’s ego.”
There’s no love lost between Gaetz and McCarthy, which Gingrich says is fine.
But, he argued that Gaetz “has gone beyond regular drama. He is destroying the House GOP’s ability to govern and draw a sharp contrast with the policy disasters of the Biden administration.”
Gingrich’s comments come days after current Republican lawmaker Marjorie Taylor Greene argued against expelling Gaetz, saying doing so will draw the ire of Republican voters.