Republican mocks Matt Goetz, McCarthy critics in ‘Super mean’ letter

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) allegedly wrote a “super mean” letter mocking Florida Republican Matt Goetz and other representatives criticizing former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

McClintock reportedly addressed Republican lawmakers, most prominently Goetz, and sarcastically congratulated them on how they “(and 206 House Democrats) saved us from a Republican speaker.”

McCarthy was removed from his position earlier this month after Goetz filed to vacate the chairmanship. Because of the thin Republican majority in the House, the votes of only eight GOP lawmakers in addition to those of the House Democrats were all that was needed to remove McCarthy.

Newsweek has reached out to Gaetz and McCarthy’s office for comment by email.

The situation exposed the rift among Republicans, as Jim Jordan (R-OH), of the Freedom Caucus, failed in his bid to become speaker, leading to growing concern that the House of Representatives is unable to function effectively before the possibility of a government shutdown next month.

Split image of Reps. Tom McClintock (left) and Matt Goetz. McClintuck mocked the Florida congressman and other Republicans who voted to oust former Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
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“We should have been moved by your willingness to suffer ‘reprimand, suspension or removal from conference’ in order to impose your personal preferences on the vast majority of your unenlightened colleagues,” McClintock said in a letter received on Oct. 21 and shared with Xex Twitter, from A politician Congressional reporter Olivia Beavers, who described it as “super creepy.”

“We really don’t deserve you,” the letter continued. “But your sacrifice is not in vain. You have succeeded in replacing the outdated concept of majority rule with an exciting new standard that requires the speaker to be enthused by 98.2 percent of the Republican convention. Some day a messiah will be born in our country who can reach this miraculous threshold and on that day your sentence will be vindicated and you will be hailed as the geniuses that you are.

“I think we were all truly humbled to learn that your ‘loyalty to republican virtues and principles remains unwavering.’ Who cannot be moved to tears to read that you offer your sacrifice “sincerely and in the hope of unity of purpose?”

“With that in mind, I humbly suggest that you plan your martyrdom in the only way that really matters: to have the wisdom to see the damage you’ve done to our country and the courage to make things right before it’s too late.” . I am enclosing a proposed resolution which perhaps one of you may propose as we enter the fourth week of national paralysis and while the world burns around us.”

Newsweek was not immediately able to verify the authenticity of the letter and contacted Rep. McClintock by email for clarification at 8 a.m. ET Sunday.

The House voted 216-210 this month to remove McCarthy, marking the historic first time a “leave motion” has successfully removed a speaker.

Republicans Andy Biggs of Arizona, Ken Buck of Colorado, Tim Burchett of Tennessee, Eli Crane of Arizona, Bob Goode of Virginia, Nancy Mays of South Carolina and Matt Rosendale of Montana joined Goetz to vote with House Democrats for removing McCarthy.

Republicans who voted to remove McCarthy cited among their concerns the speaker’s acceptance of bills that were supported by House Democrats.

“The chaos is Speaker McCarthy. Chaos is someone whose word we can’t trust,” Goetz previously told the courtroom, defending his position. “The only thing the White House, House Democrats and many of us on the conservative side of the Republican caucus would argue is that we have Kevin McCarthy in common.”

McCarthy later said Gaetz’s tough stance during critical negotiations risked a government shutdown.

“This is not about the presidency. I’m still a member of Congress. I understand the relationship between America and Israel,” McCarthy said during a Fox News segment The story earlier this month.

“I have dear friends in the leadership there (Israel) and I live there. And I will not sit and do nothing. What I found is that if we had listened to Matt Goetz, we would be in a government shutdown right now. So our troops will not be paid. What power shall we then have in the world?”