Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) said on Tuesday that “if Republicans win the House in 2022, he will move to install Trump as House Speaker,” according to Alexander Nazaryan, a senior White House correspondent for Yahoo News!.
Matt Gaetz just told me at a press conference that if Republicans win the House in 2022, he will move to install Trump as House Speaker.
— Alexander Nazaryan (@alexnazaryan) December 7, 2021
Last month, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows blasted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s leadership style on Thursday, suggesting that if Republicans win control of the House next year, the party should install former President Donald Trump as its next speaker.
“They’re not skating to where the puck is. And so I would give them a grade of a ‘D,'” Meadows said of the House Republican leadership during an appearance on Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz’s podcast. “I believe that on this tactic and strategy — listen, you need to make Democrats take tough votes. You need to make sure that when you’ve got them on the ropes that you don’t throw in the white towel.”
Meadows said in a separate appearance on a podcast hosted by Trump ally Steve Bannon that he “would love to see the gavel go from (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi to Donald Trump.”
“You talk about melting down, people would go crazy,” he said.
The speaker of the House does not need to be a member of the House, just elected by the body.