, which has been circulating on social media and Capitol Hill, would call on the House to rid itself of McCarthy to protect the “institution,” according to reports. If the motion is successful, McCarthy would be removed as House Minority Leader and the Republican Caucus would have to replace him.
A vote of no confidence is a motion made by members of a governing body to express their lack of support for their leader, and is designed to build a consensus in the party against the leader and ultimately force them to resign. In the event the motion fails, the leader, in this case McCarthy, remains in power.
In a statement, Gaetz has called for “courage and unity in the Republican Party to stand up for principles, stand up for ethics, stand up for competence, and ultimately stand up for America.” He has been sharply critical of McCarthy’s platform and has questioned his leadership.
While the vote of no confidence is an unprecedented and unlikely move to make in the United States Congress, the motion is an expression of the discontent among some Republicans and could cause a serious shakeup in the party’s leadership.