Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), one of the House Republicans staunchly opposed to Rep. Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) speakership bid, told the would-be Speaker in no uncertain terms that he lacked the necessary votes and "it's time to withdraw," the Washington Examiner reported.
That remark from the Colorado congresswoman came amid a second day of multiple failed attempts by McCarthy to clear the requisite threshold of votes in order to be named as the next Speaker of the House.
The comment from Rep. Boebert, while certainly in reference to former House Minority Leader McCarthy, was actually aimed at former President Donald Trump, who has endorsed McCarthy and reportedly called some of the members opposed to his speakership bid to try and garner their support.
According to the Examiner, and after McCarthy had failed to win a fourth round of balloting to begin Wednesday's session, Boebert rose to the podium to deliver a speech in which she nominated Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), a rising star in the GOP, to be the next House Speaker.
After praising Donalds as a true conservative who would push back against the political establishment agenda and upset the status quo in Washington D.C., Boebert made her comment in reference to Trump and McCarthy to conclude her remarks on the House floor.
"So, let's work together," she said. "Let's stop with the campaign smears and tactics to get people to turn against us. Even having my favorite president call us and tell us we need to knock this off."
"I think it actually needs to be reversed -- the president needs to tell Kevin McCarthy, 'Sir, you do not have the votes, and it's time to withdraw,'" Boebert added.
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) January 4, 2023
As noted, former President Trump has repeatedly confirmed his endorsement for Leader McCarthy to be House Speaker, and reiterated as much in a post to his Truth Social platform on Wednesday morning following the events of the opening day of the new term of Congress in which McCarthy failed to win the speakership on three successive ballots.
"Some really good conversations took place last night, and it’s now time for all of our GREAT Republican House Members to VOTE FOR KEVIN, CLOSE THE DEAL, TAKE THE VICTORY, & WATCH CRAZY NANCY PELOSI FLY BACK HOME TO A VERY BROKEN CALIFORNIA,THE ONLY SPEAKER IN U.S. HISTORY TO HAVE LOST THE 'HOUSE' TWICE!" Trump wrote.
He added, "REPUBLICANS, DO NOT TURN A GREAT TRIUMPH INTO A GIANT & EMBARRASSING DEFEAT. IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE, YOU DESERVE IT. Kevin McCarthy will do a good job, and maybe even a GREAT JOB -- JUST WATCH!"
However, Trump's tune appeared to change somewhat after McCarthy had once again failed to win the speakership following three more rounds of votes on Wednesday, and while he didn't rescind his endorsement of the former Minority leader, the former president did seem to suggest that the ongoing debate and negotiations behind closed doors were ultimately a good thing for the Republican Party overall.
Trump wrote in a Truth post, "Very good things are happening behind the scenes for the Republican Party. Intense but Smart negotiations between GREAT and PATRIOTIC people are ongoing. They all love our Country, and want something to go forward, ASAP."
"This 'event' will end up making the Republican Party STRONGER and more UNITED than ever before. OUR NATION IS AT STAKE. Stay tuned and, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" he added.