The members prevent Rogers from going on Gaetz after the 14th speaker vote

The tension was high in the house on Friday night when the members had to physically prevent the rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) from going to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) after the 14th failed attempt to elect Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-AL) -CA) who speaks for the House.

McCarthy came within half a vote of securing the speakership after the 14th ballot. Although McCarthy received 216 votes, this was not enough to secure the speakership at the time. Gaetz and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) voted “present” and four other House Republicans voted for other members.

Shortly after the 14th failed ballot, McCarthy came closer Gaetz at his place at the back of the hall to have a discussion. It is unclear what Gaetz and McCarthy discussed. As Gaetz pointed the finger at McCarthy, another member stepped in front of McCarthy and tried to diffuse the situation.

After McCarthy turned back to his seat, Rogers approached Gaetz’s seat and leaned over the three members sitting between him and Gaetz to address the anti-McCarthy holdout.

But as Rogers bent over to get in Gaetz’s face, another member, reportedly Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), came up behind Rogers, put his hand over Rogers’ mouth and pulled Rogers away from the confrontation.

CSPAN’s congressional cameras briefly captured the altercation:

In addition, several photographers captured the argument from different angles:

Members of the House erupted in shock when the altercation occurred, prompting McCarthy to turn and walk back at the two members.

“Rogers immediately went to the locker room to cool off,” according to NBC News.

After the argument, a motion to adjourn failed, leading to a 15th vote in which McCarthy finally secured the speakership.

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