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Steve Bannon Says Matt Gaetz Will Be ‘De Facto’ Speaker in House

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War Room presenter Steve Bannon claimed on Friday that Freedom Caucus member Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) will serve as “de facto” Speaker of the House, deepening an already divisive rift among Republicans on Capitol Hill.

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Bannon, whom popular Fox News host Maria Bartiromo describes as “the most well-connected person in all of Washington, D.C.,” indicated that Gaetz will be in the mix of leadership despite the likelihood that Republicans will elect current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to serve in that role officially.

McCarthy has never had enough support from the Republicans to win the job of Speaker on his own, despite enormous betrayals to the American people during the first two years of the Biden administration, but Bannon explained to his War Room audience that something has changed.

Bannon said that desperate,”McCarthy offered some key concessions to other members of the caucus who had been critical of his speakership, CNN reported, as cited by Newsweek. The cable outlet quoted unnamed Republican sources who said they were familiar with talks between McCarthy and conservative Republicans,” Jon Doughtery reported on the matter for Conservative Brief.

Newsweek noted further:

In a phone interview on Saturday, Bannon told Newsweek that there is “no chance” that Gaetz would be elected House speaker. However, he added the Florida Republican and Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican, together will be the “de facto” speakers or “the speaker in fact [but] not in actuality” of the House.

McCarthy, a Republican from California, has committed to lowering the threshold required to force a vote on the floor, known as a “motion to vacate,” by members to oust a sitting speaker. The leader of the House Republicans expects that this step would help him win over his detractors.

Members of the House Freedom Caucus have long advocated for this compromise, which, according to Politico, would diminish McCarthy’s stature should he become speaker.

McCarthy meeting with House Freedom Caucus —if he gives on ‘Motion to Vacate’ it symbolizes he has given on everything meaningful:: he essentially has turned over the Speakership to Gaetz and the Hard Right …,”Bidhnikok (@Bidhnikok) posted on Twitter on December 30, 2022.

Doughtery went on:

During talks with conservative members, CNN noted, McCarthy appeared to be open to a five-member threshold. Now, the House Republican majority will likely call for a motion to vacate the speaker’s chair, with some conservatives asking for a single House member to be able to force a vote.

Moderate Republicans may view the five-person threshold as being too low, though, and may even lean toward raising it to 50 members. However, Freedom Caucus members, including Gaetz and Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) think the five-person limit is too high, Newsweek noted.

While Gaetz has thus far withheld his support for McCarthy, Greene, an ally of his, has said she will vote to support him as speaker after winning some concessions. Analysts believe her pledge of support will likely help her have more influence over the chamber’s priorities and direction under GOP leadership.

More on this story via The Republic Brief:

During his interview with Newsweek, Bannon detailed some of the reasons why McCarthy is taking heat from some GOP members. CONTINUE READING…

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