House Speaker Kevin McCarthy defeated Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas… and Roy’s hard-right House Freedom Caucus allies were paper tigers this week.
Lead by Roy, the House Freedom Caucus tried to scuttle McCarthy’s deal with Democrats that will balloon the debt level of the United States by $4 trillion.
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Roy and his allies failed, and some House Freedom Caucus members ended up backing the bill.
Then the House Freedom Caucus hinted they would go after McCarthy’s gavel and remove him from his position as House speaker.
Now, they’re tucking tail and running again.
“I think there needs to be a bit of a reckoning and a review of how we’re organizing ourselves in order to get things done, because what broke down this week was that we weren’t all sitting around the table,” Roy said in an interview with the conservative “Guy Benson Show.”
“We’ve got to have a sit down,” the conservative leader from Texas said. “I will say that.”
But he added, “Kevin has been working with us all through this spring in good faith, and I would like to return to that. … This last week was not ideal.”
McCarthy agreed to his meeting — the only concession Roy was able to win this week from the moderate Republican leader.
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“In broad terms, we have spoken … and we will sit down next week and we need to,” McCarthy said. “There needs to be a review of all of this.”
McCarthy took his victory lap over the hard-right to the mainstream media, and told reporters that he was constantly underestimated.
“You still ask the same questions each week: Do you think you can pass the bill this week? Do you think you will still be speaker next week,” McCarthy said after Wednesday’s vote.
“Keep underestimating us, and we’ll keep proving to the American public that we’ve never given up,” he said.
The Horn editorial team and the Associated Press contributed to this article