It seems even members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus have had enough of the current Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
Several members are trying to convince the House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, to back their motion to remove Nancy Pelosi as the speaker of the chamber.
As Chad Pergram said in his tweet, “This is the longest of long shots.”
It is indeed a long shot, as given the Democrats’ control of the US House of Representatives, this motion will likely never succeed.
McCarthy had told Fox News host Laura Ingraham during an interview that he is not interested in pursuing the move against Pelosi. Just this sentence alone was enough to dash any hope that the Freedom Caucus members may have had.
The Freedom Caucus members number only about 40 of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives.
In 2015, the current White House Chief of Staff and former leader of the Freedom Caucus, Mark Meadows, had written a “motion to vacate the chair” against former Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Boehner stepped down in the fall although Meadows had not pressed the issue. Since the Speaker is elected by the entire House, a “motion to vacate the chair” would also require a majority of the House to approve.
The House currently has 431 members, which means that the Freedom Caucus would need 216 votes in their favor to win.
Since McCarthy had denied to help the Freedom Caucus, they’ve taken a different route. In an attempt to put their proposal on the floor up for vote, the Freedom Caucus has decided to try applying pressure on McCarthy.
Earlier this month, it was Arizona Republican Representative Andy Biggs who had called for GOP House leaders to put forward the “motion to vacate the chair” — to have Nancy Pelosi removed as the House Speaker.
Biggs had written, “Many Americans believe in our nation’s exceptionalism, but the left only believes in the exceptionalism of their elite companions. That’s why they demand tolerance while displaying violent intolerance to any with an opposing view.”
“They justify their vicious and virulent attacks on any who express a different viewpoint,” he continued. “And in the end, it is what justifies any means to reach their desired ends.”
“Don’t be surprised if Pelosi starts blaming the president for her own mistake in judgment before this story burns itself out,” he added.
Biggs ended his op-ed by asking: “So, really, isn’t it time to bring the Motion to Vacate the Chair to the floor to remove Speaker Pelosi from her post?”
After Pelosi’s blatant disregard of the rules that she herself endorses, I’m inclined to believe that it might be time for her to be removed. What do you think?