Tempers flared among House Republicans as voting for the House speaker for the 118th Congress passed one dozen efforts. Congress is not considered in session and no members are sworn in until a speaker is selected by House members.
The 14th round of votes conducted Friday came close to electing Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to the leadership position.
Rep. Marjorie Greene (R-GA) supported McCarthy and she chastised staunch McCarthy opponent Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) after the failed vote.
Video of an exchange between the two Republican congresswomen appeared to show Greene tell Boebert with an eye roll, “You need to stop.”
Colorado’s representative gave a forceful, brief response to her Georgia colleague, which ended with Boebert turning away from Greene to stare straight ahead.
Many social media users have posted clips of the exchange with their interpretation of the verbal exchange.
“I’m not a expert lip reader, but I think Boebert told MTG to ‘the f*ck out of my face,'” one Twitter user opined.
Boebert was seated next to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) who was in a heated exchange of his own soon afterwards. Gaetz reportedly maneuvered during the voting process to record the last vote. It was not for McCarthy. Gaetz’s maneuvering angered Alabama Republican Mike Rogers so much he was physically restrained after lunging at Gaetz, according to a Fox News report.
Gaetz postponed McCarthy’s ascension to the speaker role by voting “present” in the 14th round of voting. So many others in the “Never Kevin” contingent voted for McCarthy that a Gaetz vote of “McCarthy” or “Present” would have ended the process.
The tension exhibited between Greene and Boebert is not the first time they have been at odds with each other. Even though both are conservative Republicans, they dislike each other according to an Insider report. That history of discord lends credence to speculation that Boebert responded with profanity to Greene.