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Rep. Bill Johnson to Newsmax: 'Group of Vandals' Ousted McCarthy

By    |   Wednesday, 04 October 2023 01:21 PM EDT

Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, did not hold back on Newsmax, condemning the group of eight House members who worked with Democrats to oust former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

"It's really unfortunate that this group of vandals joined with the Democrats to oust the Republican speaker," Johnson told Wednesday's "National Report."

The silver lining, he added to co-hosts Shaun Kraisman and Emma Rechenberg, is there is an opportunity before the Republicans to meet the challenge.

"This was a manufactured problem by the members of our caucus that joined with the Democrats to oust him," Johnson said, adding there was "good news" behind the bad.

"This is not the first time that America's back has been against the wall, and anytime we are, real leadership steps up," he continued. "And you're going to see our caucus get back to work next Tuesday and get refocused on the big issues — the border, crime, inflation, energy independence, all of those things, corruption in the Biden administration. We're going to get back on track."

Johnson appears ready to ostracize the eight anti-McCarthy "vandals."

"Some of these folks have got to decide whether they're Republicans or they're something else," he said. "I mean, they certainly don't act like Republicans. I'm very disappointed that they made the decision that they made, but at the end of the day, we'll figure this out.

"Look, it's a razor-thin majority, and when you're in divided government, and you don't control the Senate and the White House, then you have to be able to govern and Kevin McCarthy delivered on a conservative agenda from the get-go, from the time he was elected speaker.

"So I'm not sure what they're looking for, and they don't have a plan. They can't tell you what they do want. They can only tell you what they don't want. I've served with leaders like that before, and it doesn't work."

First on the docket for the new speaker will be to change the rules to make sure the notice to vacate is not held to a mere one-vote requirement again, Johnson concluded.

"I think we definitely need to address the rules of the House and the motion to vacate rules," he said. "We certainly need to do that. The American people deserve better than this. They deserve consistency. They deserve the truth.

"They deserve members of Congress that go there to represent them and to focus on the issues that are important to them, not play political games like this."

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Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, did not hold back on Newsmax, condemning the group of eight House members who worked with Democrats to oust former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
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