Two years ago today, a coup d’etat narrowly failed in the heart of the greatest power in the world. Thousands of supporters of Donald Trump (2017-2021) stormed the Capitol, following a campaign of lies and pressure launched by the then president. On Friday, January 6, in the same building, the elected officials of this MAGA (Make America Great Again) movement, despite being a minority within the Republican Party, imposed their law and especially their methods on the new majority in the House of Representatives. . They humiliated Kevin McCarthy in historic proportions, despite his appointment as speaker at the fifteenth vote, after midnight after four days of debate and three nights of negotiations. This personal and collective ordeal has drawn a crumbling, weakened party, but above all trapped by the ultra-right populist.
One scene summed up the ordeal to which the victor was subjected. It’s 11pm on Friday night. Matt Gaetz sits passively in the back of the House of Representatives. The ruins of his party smoke around him. The cameras are mounted on this selected one from Florida. Republican colleagues surround him, press him, challenge him. By not offering him his deciding vote, Matt Gaetz, 40, just defeated Kevin McCarthy’s election as speaker for the fourteenth time. A final unexpected twist, while the candidate thought he finally satisfied his obsession, at the end of a path of burning embers.
The following minutes are already part of the parliamentary history of the United States. Livid, Kevin McCarthy turns to Gaetz to try to reason with him. Earlier in the day, the sassy Florida elected official called him one “LeBron James [basketteur vedette] fundraising for special interests », to believe it “altruism does not consist in selling oneself piece by piece to a corporation of lobbies”. McCarthy walks away, resigned. An elected Republican is physically restrained by one of his colleagues, not to attack Matt Gaetz. In the absence of an alternative, a suspension of the session is decided by vote until Monday, promising a weekend of heartache. It was then that a new confusion arose near the speaker’s platform.
The Republicans decide by the dozens to reverse their vote and prefer to vote again on the candidacy of Kevin McCarthy. ” Once again ! “, shouts the candidate. Final negotiations – a telephone intervention by Donald Trump with several of his relatives in the hemicycle, according to the CNN channel – have just restored the hope of an immediate result. During this fifteenth round, five of the last recalcitrants content themselves with declaring themselves present without voting for another candidate.
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