“I think we need to rip off the band-aid. I think we need to move on with new leadership that can be trustworthy,” Gaetz told moderator Jake Tapper.
One of McCarthy’s concessions to GOP hard-liners in his turbulent ascension to the speakership included a rule change that allowed for a single member of Congress to file a “motion to vacate.”
That provision would force a House vote that theoretically could remove McCarthy from his perch. The House currently has a razor-thin GOP majority.
Gaetz’s tough talk comes after a shambolic episode on Capitol Hill revolving around the threat of a government shutdown, which included Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) pullling a fire alarm—by accident, he says—while his party tried to delay a vote.
The chaotic day ended with a stopgap bill that will fund the government for about 45 days but that excluded funding for Ukraine.