Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) criticized Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) in an exclusive CNN interview, saying she did not earn another term in office.
McCarthy informed Manu Raju, the interviewer, that he did not think Mace would be reelected. But he did clarify that it wasn’t because she voted to remove him as Speaker. Instead, he claimed that anyone who had “watched” her would have realized that she was “flip-flopping” and that such vacillation was inherent in her “philosophy.” That’s why he doesn’t think she’ll win another term or deserve another vote of confidence from the people.
During the complete interview, McCarthy reportedly remarked that he had been startled by Reps. Six other Republicans, including Tim Burchett (R-TN) and Nancy Mace (R-SC), voted to have him removed. He stated that the two representatives’ shifting positions over time made this seem illogical.
McCarthy also asserted that the pair’s attention was diverted from policy matters to the media.
On October 3rd, McCarthy was dismissed from office with the support of all Democrats and only eight Republicans. It took three weeks, but once Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) was chosen as the new Speaker, the House got back to work passing legislation.
Macy claimed that McCarthy consistently lied during the interview, and Burchett called him “bitter.”