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Newt Gingrich: Ousting Johnson ‘Totally Stupid’ (Newsmax)


Newt Gingrich: Ousting Johnson ‘Totally Stupid’ – By Nicole Wells (Newsmax) / April 19, 2024

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called the idea of moving ahead with the effort to oust current Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., “totally stupid.”

Gingrich said that unless those pushing the motion to vacate had already secured the necessary 218 votes to replace Johnson, the chamber would likely be thrown into chaos again.

“It would be totally stupid,” Gingrich told Politico in an interview published Friday. “My question would be, Show me the 218 you’ve got for somebody, because otherwise what you’re doing is putting us through three weeks of looking like idiots — which [Rep. Matt] Gaetz [R-Fla.] managed to do.”

He referenced Gaetz’s motion to vacate, which triggered the vote that led to former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s removal in October. Without a leader, the House was closed for business and paralyzed for three weeks as several candidates grappled for the speaker’s gavel.

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