On Monday, Trending Politics reported that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) “savagely took down a CNN anchor who incorrectly accused the congressman of voting against a defense spending bill.”
CNN’s Abby Phillip received a gentle but profound rebuke during a live broadcast when she asserted that Gaetz voted “against a defense appropriations bill.”
Gaetz quickly corrected the CNN host, saying, “No I didn’t! You’re wrong.”
As Phillip momentarily appeared resolute in her statement, Gaetz said, “Abby, Abby, this is going to be a very embarrassing moment when the internet corrects you on this. I voted for the defense appropriates bill both times.”
To her credit, Phillip stood down, saying, “I stand corrected,” then abruptly ended the interview.
Five Republicans joined House Rules Chairman Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) in voting against the bill, which ultimately was defeated after two rounds of voting.
The other Republican representatives who voted with Cole in defeating the bill were Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Dan Bishop (R-NC), Eli Crane (R-AZ), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Matt Rosendale (R-MT).
Trending Politics reported the bill “was an attempt by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to move forward without reaching consensus on a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown.”
Reps. Gaetz and Greene have led in opposing McCarthy’s initiatives not strongly aligned with conservative ideology.
McCarthy has moved to center-left on some issues in an effort to adopt a new budget or continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown — scheduled to begin October 1.
One of the key budget issues is providing additional billions in support to war-torn Ukraine.
In the world of political intrigue, some conservatives, led by Gaetz, are threatening to attempt to remove McCarthy from his position as speaker if he does not press to impeach President Biden.
Meanwhile, Democrats seem to be offering Speaker McCarthy their support on the budget and to guard against efforts to remove him as speaker if he ends the impeachment inquiry into Biden.
McCarthy knows that such a move would only offer short-term gain and seems to be relying on support from Reps. James Comer and Jim Jordan and former President Donald Trump to ensure he holds his position.
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