Fox News host Brian Kilmeade slammed the Republican holdouts that oppose party leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for next speaker of the House for putting their “ego” over the best interests of the party and country.
Kilmeade said conservative lawmakers such as Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Bob Good (R-VA) have endangered Tuesday’s speaker vote for the sake of notoriety and are therefore embarrassing themselves in front of the country.
“They said, ‘Hey, listen, he won’t do anything on the border. He’s not doing anything with Hunter Biden. He is not going to do anything to reduce spending.’ None of this is true, so it’s almost as if they’re debating things that are their egos, nothing to do with America,” Kilmeade said during Tuesday’s Fox & Friends.
Kilmeade singled out Good’s dislike for the Republican leader, suggesting Good had a vendetta against McCarthy because he did not support him in the primaries, after rolling a clip of Good claiming that McCarthy would not secure the role.
“You should not take this job if it’s about your ego and your own personal agenda,” Kilmeade said. “The whole thing should be service for the country, and the subset is your party. Please explain to me how this helps your party. You are looking like idiots in front of the country.”
Because the Republican majority in the House of Representatives is so small, with Republicans holding 222 seats over the Democrats’ 213, flipping just five votes could put the role into the hands of the Democrats. The next speaker needs to secure 218 votes to be confirmed. However, Biggs is reportedly McCarthy’s main challenger for the role.
In order to secure his election, McCarthy has offered concessions, including a move to lower the threshold currently required to “vacate the chair,” which allows the party to call for a vote to oust its speaker if five Republicans agree.
“How are you supposed to do your job?” Kilmeade asked. “You have over 200 people you are going to be representing. If five don’t like what you do, then you are out … You can’t kiss everyone’s butt in order to do that job. You have got to do what’s better for the whole, or dare I say, better for the country.”
Members of the 118th Congress will be sworn in about noon on Tuesday, and the vote for speaker of the House is to commence later in the afternoon. Republicans gained control of the House during the midterm elections but failed to flip the Senate.