Ocasio-Cortez Expresses Readiness to Support Motion Against McCarthy as Speaker

On a recent Sunday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) voiced her willingness to back a motion that could potentially remove Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) from his leadership role. However, she also hinted at the possibility of discussions if McCarthy sought assistance from the Democrats.

During her appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned her previous support for Hakeem Jefferies for the Speaker position and her reluctance to back a Republican for the same. She emphasized that while the Republican party should address its internal leadership issues, Democrats shouldn’t be the ones to rescue them.

She further elaborated that any support from the Democrats would come with conditions and wouldn’t be given without meaningful dialogue between both parties. Typically, the minority party in the House would favor a motion to vacate, aiming to have one of their members as Speaker.

Recent events have shown McCarthy’s reliance on Democratic votes, especially during the vote to prevent a government shutdown. This has provided an opportunity for critics to question McCarthy’s leadership, arguing against passing legislation with Democratic support.

Ocasio-Cortez didn’t mince words about her stance on the matter, stating her readiness to back a motion against McCarthy and criticizing his leadership abilities. She highlighted the challenges faced by the government due to his decisions and emphasized the importance of prioritizing the American public.

Regarding a potential collaboration between the parties, Ocasio-Cortez stressed that any support would come with conditions, reiterating that Democrats wouldn’t blindly back a Republican Speaker.