Yesterday was a bad day for Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) when, after three votes, he fell short of the support he needed from his party to give him another term as a feckless, weak, and ineffective Speaker of the House.

It’s the first time in 100 years a Speaker has not been chosen on the first ballot.

The 19 holdouts, Republicans, have instead championed either Representative Andy Biggs (R-Az.), nominated by Paul Gosar (R-Az.), and Representative Jim Jordan (R-Oh.), nominated by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

Moments before the vote, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) told the media that most members “take no joy in this discomfort this moment has brought,” adding, “If you want to drain The Swamp, you cannot put the biggest alligator in charge of the exercise!”

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The 19 Republican conservative lawmakers derailed McCarthy’s first and second votes to become Speaker, throwing the party further into chaos on their first day in the majority.

The group of dissenters put their weight behind GOP Rep. Jim Jordan in the second ballot of the process, leaving the start of Congress in limbo.

The third round of votes saw McCarthy’s hopes of the top spot in the House shrink even further, with at least one more Republican voting against him.

Florida GOP Rep. Byron Donalds switched his vote in the latest tally, dropping McCarthy in favor of joining the conservatives who backed Jordan.

Only moments ago, a fourth vote was held by House members, and McCarthy again fell short of the necessary 218 votes to secure his spot as the next speaker.

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Lindell TV’s Emerald Robinson tweeted about McCarthy’s humiliating loss:

Mass Live reports – The House gaveled in at noon, and a McCarthy ally quickly re-nominated him for the job with a rousing speech designed to peel off detractors.

“Sure, it looks messy,” said Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis. But democracy is messy, he said. “The American people are in charge.”

McCarthy himself entered the chamber saying, “We’ll have another vote.”

But the dynamic proved no different from Day One, as Democrats re-upped their leader, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, for speaker, and a right-flank leader from the Freedom Caucus offered a challenge to McCarthy — nominating Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., in another history-making moment. Both Jeffries and Donalds are Black.

While Rep. Gaetz is asking his fellow lawmakers to elect Rep. Jim Jordan as the next speaker, Jim Jordan asked his fellow members to elect Kevin McCarthy as their next speaker:

Emerald Robinson also tweeted an audio recording of President Trump, who yesterday encouraged conservative lawmakers to. vote for McCarthy as their next speaker, discussing the curious relationship between the former speaker and his roommate, the Trump-hating RINO Frank Luntz.

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