House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) fired back at Rep. Matt Gaetz’s (R-Fla.) motion to force a vote on ousting him from the Speakership, writing “Bring it on” on social media just minutes after the motion was filed.
Gaetz responded to McCarthy in a post on X, writing, “Just did.”
Gaetz filed a motion to vacate McCarthy’s Speakership on Monday night, making good on his long-promised threat. The move is not much of a surprise after Gaetz told CNN a day earlier he intended to file the motion this week, which comes after McCarthy backed a measure to prevent a government shutdown over the weekend that won broad bipartisan support.
McCarthy has appeared confident in his ability to fight Gaetz’s efforts, telling reporters Monday morning that his support within the House GOP conference is “very strong.” On Sunday, McCarthy told CBS News he “will survive,” calling it something personal with the Florida lawmaker.
A motion to vacate the chair will have to take place within two legislative days, though it’s likely the House will first vote on a mechanism to kill or delay the motion instead of voting on the resolution itself.