Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley called out House Republicans amid the battle over the next speaker of the House, saying that infighting among the GOP is bad for the country.
“They need to get it together,” Haley said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper. “They need to get in a room and figure out who this is going to be and come out unified.”
Haley added that Democrats have plunged the country into chaos, citing inflation, the border and multiple wars around the world and said that Republicans won’t be able to get the country back on track if they are divided.
“You can’t fix Democrat chaos with Republican chaos,” Haley said while calling on the GOP House to unify around one candidate. “That’s what Republicans need to do. This is not a good look.”
Haley pointed out global events, specifically the recent attacks on Israel by Hamas, and argued that the Republican infighting has helped contribute to a “distracted” America and made the world more dangerous.
“We saw what happened to Israel when they were distracted,” Haley said. “America looks so distracted right now. When America’s distracted the world is less safe.”
“We can’t sit there and act like this is Sept. 10,” Haley added, pointing to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. “We better get it together and remember what it felt like Sept. 12 because we’ve got a lot of threats around us and a lot of chaos around us, and we need some strength. We need some stability.”
Haley’s comments come after Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) led a vote that removed former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy from his position, igniting a battle among the GOP over who will become the next speaker.
At present, only one candidate has been officially endorsed by the GOP, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). The vote has yet to move to the House floor, and the GOP has been unable to definitely choose a candidate.
Prior to Jordan, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) had been chosen to represent the GOP, but pulled out of the race after it became clear that he would be unable to clear the vote threshold.
Jordan faces a similar problem, as 55 Republicans have indicated on a secret ballot that they would not vote for the Ohio lawmaker on the House floor if he were nominated for speaker, putting him well short of the 217 republican votes required for him to win the speakership.
Democrats have utilized the GOP infighting, pushing an effort to elect a more moderate candidate and possibly even a Democrat to the top House post.
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