Trump asks to support McCarthy and prevent the Republican victory from becoming a “shameful defeat”


This led to a series of votes over three days before House Majority Leader Nicholas Longworth, Republican of Ohio, held an emergency meeting with opponents. His concern, similar to that expressed against McCarthy, centered on a series of rule changes that he believed deserved a fair hearing. Longworth agreed, and the next day Gillett got the 215 votes he needed to remain spokesman.

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