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Joe Biden said the failed Republican vote to choose the president of the US Lower House was “shameful”

The representatives will meet again this Wednesday to try to elect their new leader after having failed the day before due to the internal division in the majority party, something unprecedented in the last century.

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, described this Wednesday as “shameful” the blocking of the election of the new leader of the House of Representatives due to the internal divisions of the Republicans.

Before embarking on a trip to Kentucky, the president told the press in the White House gardens that the blockade of the Lower House is not his “problem”, but he warned the Republicans that the show yesterday, Tuesday, was “embarrassing” and that “the rest of the world is watching”.

The House of Representatives will meet again this Wednesday to try to elect its president for the 118th legislature after failing the day before, something unprecedented in the last century.

The leader of the Republicans in the House, Californian Kevin McCarthy, lost three consecutive votes to become the new “speaker” due to a rebellion by the hardest wing of his party, grouped in the so-called Freedom Caucus.

McCarthy failed to win the 218 votes needed to be elected in any vote, despite Republicans holding a 222-seat majority that they won in last November’s midterm elections.

The small group of ultra-conservative congressmen make McCarthy ugly for not having negotiated with them a reform of the debate rules or the names to lead the congressional committees in the new legislature.

McCarthy attacked the press against the comrades who think more about “charges for themselves than for the country,” but warned that he would not go “anywhere” and that he would fight until the end.

Former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) broke the silence on Wednesday and asked his hard-line acolytes to unblock the situation and vote for McCarthy.

The regulation does not contemplate any other alternative to continuing to repeat votes until someone achieves the necessary majority to replace the until now speaker of the House, the Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

Trump urges Republicans to vote for McCarthy

Former US President Donald Trump called on hard-line Republicans to stop blocking the party’s candidate Kevin McCarthy for the House of Representatives on Wednesday after an internal division prevented him from being elected.

It has not been a century since there has been such chaos in the lower house of Congress, where a group of Republicans, some of them supporters of Trump, boycott McCarthy’s candidacy, jeopardizing his political career.

On Tuesday everything indicated that the Republicans would be exultant to start the vote knowing that they had a majority in this chamber after the legislative elections in November. A shorter advantage than they imagined before the elections, but which, after all, gives them the necessary power to carry out the investigations they want against Democratic President Joe Biden.

But a group that considers McCarthy too moderate dampened the party.

“It’s time for all of our great Republican members of the House to vote for Kevin, get the deal done and win,” Trump posted on social media Wednesday. “Republicans, don’t turn a huge win into a gigantic, embarrassing loss,” he said.

McCarthy needs 218 votes in the House, something that is supposed to be easy to achieve with a majority of 222 seats. But 19 Republicans voted against him in the first two rounds and 20 in the third.

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