Congresswoman Lauren Boebert took to the floor on Wednesday to nominate Rep. Byron Donalds as Speaker of the House. Boebert landed a few body blows on the supposed GOP House Leader, none bigger than her closing line.
“Let’s work together. Let’s stop with the campaign smears and tactics to get people to turn against us,” she said. “Even having my favorite President call us and tell us we need to knock this off. I think it actually needs to be reversed. The President needs to tell Kevin McCarthy that, ‘Sir, you do not have the votes and it’s time to withdraw.”
Boebert called Donalds a friend and an amazing man. He credited him for nearly taking leadership in the GOP with a very brave run that he put together and withstood the consequences from. Donalds emerged from that more liberated and as more of a leader, she added.
She also said that while some of the concessions on rules are nice, the conservatives were threatened “pretty heavily” in the conference saying if they don’t do as they ought then some of those rules may just “go away.”
“My question is why didn’t the supposed leader of the Republican Party present these rules,” she said. “Why were we fought so hard on these rules? The barrier that still stands in the way of these rules is the structure that prevents us from rolling over. As my friend Chip Roy stated, we need the tools and the leadership to do our job correctly and I believe that Byron Donalds is the man to lead us to that path of getting America on track and uniting the Republican Party.”
Boebert said she and her colleagues have worked “tirelessly” to build consensus and to negotiate in good faith for months to help unify the party on the border, energy security, debt reduction, term limits, earmarks and other “common-sense policies.”
“But too often our efforts have fallen on deaf ears,” she said. “Our border is wide open. Inflation is out of control. The Senate just passed $1.7 trillion without our input. So let me be clear, our job is not to coronate the biggest fundraiser or rubber stamp the status quo or keep going along to get along. It is to use our votes to elect a Speaker who will enable us to get our country back on track. Getting the job done is what we were elected to do and that starts with having a leader who supports Republican principles, builds consensus and has a proven track record of success. Byron Donalds is that leader.”