All but two Kevin McCarthy defectors in the US House of Representatives are election deniers

All but two of the 20 members of the Republican House of Representatives who voted against Kevin McCarthy to speak in Tuesday’s third round of voting are voter-resisters who have embraced former President Donald Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was rigged be.

Of the 18 deniers, 14 are returning members who voted against confirming the Electoral College count on January 6, 2021. Additionally, four newcomers who refused to vote either expressed support for that vote, joined partisan post-election scrutiny, or encouraged false claims about the 2020 election fraud.

Representative Lauren Boebert as Representative Matt Gaetz listens.

Representative Lauren Boebert as Representative Matt Gaetz listens.Credit:AP

The tally reflects the extent to which vote-waivers dominate the Republican faction in the House of Representatives, making up more than three-quarters of the 222-seat conference. A clear majority of McCarthy’s 202 votes – 157 – came from vote deniers. However, with Republicans holding a narrow majority, any Republican who wants to lead the House of Representatives must have near-unanimous support from caucus deniers to be successful.

McCarthy himself endorsed false claims that the 2020 election was stolen by Trump. So did Jim Jordan, who received votes from the 20 defectors in the third ballot.

The two Republicans voting against McCarthy and who are not deniers are Chip Roy of Texas, the only returning member in the group who did not oppose confirming President Biden’s victory; and Josh Brecheen from Oklahoma, a newcomer to the house.

The 14 recurring abstainers who voted against McCarthy are: Andrew S. Clyde of Georgia; Paul A. Gosar and Andy Biggs of Arizona; Matt Gaetz and Byron Donalds from Florida; Lauren Boebert, Mary E Miller, Andy Harris, Matthew M Rosendale, Dan Bishop, Scott Perry, Ralph Norman, Michael Cloud, and Bob Good.

The four newcomers who voted against McCarthy are Eli Crane, Anna Paulina Luna, Andy Ogles and Keith Self.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, known for conspiracy theories, speaks with Rep. Kevin McCarthy during the opening day election for Speaker of the House in the US Capitol.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, known for conspiracy theories, speaks with Rep. Kevin McCarthy during the opening day election for Speaker of the House in the US Capitol.Credit:AP

Throughout the midterm election cycle The post identified candidates as abstainers when they questioned Biden’s 2020 victory, opposed the counting of his Electoral College’s votes, expressed support for a partisan post-election review of ballots, joined a lawsuit aimed at to reverse the 2020 result, or attended or expressed support rally on the day of the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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Callan Tansill

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