ox News host Tucker Carlson said Tuesday that Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy could “restore our system to health” and win the speakership by doing two things.
“If Kevin McCarthy wants to be the speaker, he’s going to have to do things he would never do otherwise. Like what? We can think of at least two things,” Carlson said. “First, release the January 6th files, not some of the January 6th files and video, all of it and not to some phony committee that will hide them, in fact designed to hide them from the public, but put them online, release them to the public directly so that the rest of us can finally know what actually happened on January 6th, 2021. It’s been two years. It’s long overdue. It’s our right as Americans to know.”
McCarthy failed to receive the 218 votes necessary to become speaker in three ballots before the House of Representatives adjourned for the day Tuesday. McCarthy offered concessions to more conservative members, agreeing to some proposals from the House Freedom Caucus Sunday, but failed to convince the holdouts.
On the first ballot, Republican Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona received 10 votes, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio received six, Republican Reps. Byron Donalds of Florida and Jim Banks of Indiana each received one and former Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York received one. Jordan received 19 votes in the second ballot, and 20 in the third ballot after Donalds switched his vote from McCarthy to Jordan.
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