But at least one member of his own conference isn’t having it.
“Wake up, dude,” Rep. Mike Lawler (R-N.Y.) told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Monday. “This is absolutely ridiculous, and it’s just him trying to latch on to something else to create chaos and try to use as a vehicle to remove the speaker.”
Lawler insisted that Republicans under McCarthy are trying to create a bill to cut spending and advance other conservative causes but said Gaetz could put that in jeopardy.
“We are doing the work,” he said. “This will be a major distraction from that work.”
Lawler said other members of the GOP conference are growing tired of Gaetz’s antics.
“Matt has been a singular destructive force within the conference, and the American people should understand that what he is doing is not conservative, it is not conservative Republicanism,” Lawler said. “He is a charlatan.”
See Lawler’s full conversation with Tapper below: