After the dramatic moment in Congress when Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) lost his position as Speaker Tuesday, the embattled California Republican met with reporters to make a statement about his ouster.
McCarthy began by explaining that he would not stand for re-election as Speaker stating that there are many ways he could continue to serve the American people according to The Daily Wire. He added that in his view, given a few Republicans sought to keep him out of the role of Speaker, it wasn’t worth the risk of paralyzing Congress.
“I think you should put the country first. You know, this job was never about me,” he said according to the outlet.
“Why [would] I do something for myself that can hurt the country? I’m not quite sure those individuals are looking to be productive. It concerns me as a Republican based upon watching what they do.”
The deposed former Speaker lashed out at the eight Republicans who stood against him Tuesday suggesting that he was partly responsible for their elections and saying it was a mistake to help them.
McCarthy called out Republican Reps. Andy Biggs (AZ), Ken Buck (CO), Eli Crane (AZ), Bob Good (VA), Matt Rosendale