A testy exchange between Representative Lauren Boebert, a Colorado Republican, and Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican, was caught on tape during the House Speaker vote on Friday night. The C-SPAN camera is focused on Boebert who is speaking with Greene during the 14th round of voting. In the 14th vote, the House failed to elect a speaker as Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican did not secure the required votes.
The clip was originally shared on Twitter on Saturday and it shows Greene trying to reach out to Boebert, who mouths something in response before turning to look at Greene. Since its original sharing, the short video has received more than 40,000 views.
Speculations over what the exchange was about to have been going rampant online with many believing that Boebert had used a curse word directed at Greene. The exchange is only the latest evidence of the infighting that took place within the GOP as House Republicans initially struggled to unite and vote McCarthy to the Speakership.
The House of Representatives had a tense start after the Republican-controlled lower chamber required 15 rounds before being able to officially vote for a Speaker. During the first day of voting around 20 Republicans had opposed McCarthy’s bid.
McCarthy needed to have the support of pretty much all the Republicans in the House as the GOP managed to win the majority by a narrow margin. This meant that he could only afford to lose less than a handful of Republican votes if he wanted to be elected as Speaker. McCarthy managed to secure his new position on the 15th ballot after former President Trump also called on GOP members to support McCarthy’s bid.
— Tim (@trouble_man90) January 7, 2023