MTG tried to call Rosendale with Trump after anti-McCarthy vote

Representative Majorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) reportedly attempted to place Representative Matt Rosendale (R-MT) on a live phone call with former President Donald J. Trump Friday night moments after Rosendale voted against Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA ). ) for the Speaker of the House on the failed 14th ballot.

McCarthy’s loss on the 14th ballot came by just half a vote, adding further tension to the 118th House of Representatives, which had been voting for a speaker since Tuesday. Al Drago, a DC-based photojournalist, tweeted a photo of what was called a “heated exchange” between the two representatives after Rosendale’s vote for Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ).

Greene, who has repeatedly voted for McCarthy, is seen reaching for his iPhone on a live phone call with a contact named “DT.” Drago, who identified the contact as the former president, noted that Rosendale, who was one of 21 former McCarthy opponents, “waves it off.”

Heather Caygle, managing editor of Punchbowl News, tweeted that the members had informed her of the same “heated exchange”.

“MTG told Rosendale that she has Trump on the phone and that he needed to speak with the former president right then,” she wrote. “Rosendale repeatedly yelled, ‘Don’t ever do that to me!'”

The Georgia representative took to Twitter and called the “perfect phone call.”

According to Caygle, Greene and Rosendale’s exchange coincided with another tense moment. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) confronted Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) after Gaetz voted in the 14th round when Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) suddenly pulled Rogers back and punched him in the face. The incident came seconds after a conversation between McCarthy and Gaetz.

Eventually, the fever pitch cleared and the fifteenth ballot proved to be the charm as McCarthy secured the position early on Saturday. Several Republican representatives emphasized the importance of Trump’s role in bringing about a resolution on this speaker’s race, as Breitbart News reported.

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