Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) stated on CNN’s “The Lead” this week that he believes there would have been physical altercations in the House GOP conference if they hadn’t adjourned following Representative Matt Gaetz’s (R-FL) successful move to remove Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from his position as speaker.
Graves said, “I’m going to be honest. If we had remained together in that meeting last night, I believe punches would have been thrown. I’m not even exaggerating when I say that.”
“There is an abundance of raw emotions at the moment,” he said. “I believe it was best to let everyone go home, relax for a while, and then get back together.”
Graves also said, “The speaker has done amazing things in the last few months, and more than 96% of Republicans within the House cast votes to keep him. I think it was very bad that this small group of people got together with the House Democrats in this particular case. They didn’t think about the next steps, and now the House of Representatives is stuck because of the chaos group. The House can’t move forward on border security and spending. These people set fire to their own house and then put it out. They want praise and have established a GoFundMe page to raise money for it.”