Hakeem Jeffries Slams Republicans, Calls Out GOP “Extremists”

(TargetDailyNews.com) – Following the withdrawal of Rep. Steve Scalise from the race for the most coveted position in the U.S. House, Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries took to the airwaves and lambasted his Republican counterparts. The GOP needs “to get their act together,” he said.

Scalise’s departure was preceded by the Republican Conference choosing him to be the GOP nominee, but the results of a ballot taken behind closed doors showed that the Louisiana native would not have the support needed to climb the ladder of power once an official floor vote was pursued. His withdrawal left Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan as the only other contender.

After Scalise’s concession announcement, Rep. Jeffries appeared on PBS and said that it was “urgently necessary” for “traditional Republicans” to break with any “extremists” within their own party and find a way to elect a leader from within the GOP’s own ranks. The lawmaker from New York said conservatives should “partner with Democrats” and find “a path forward.”

The Democrat leader said his party was ready and willing to move ahead with a bipartisan agreement as to who the next Speaker would be, but that they lacked Republican support. Jeffries went on to say that the GOP “is dominated by” elements of “the extremist wing,” though he acknowledged that there were exceptions to his assertion.

According to a host of reports, a number of Republicans who were responsible for Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s ousting have declined to offer their support to both Steve Scalise and Jim Jordan. That apparent unwillingness to compromise has led to the speakership being vacant for a full two weeks.

A floor vote for Rep. Jim Jordan is scheduled to take place on October 17th, but a number of outlets are reporting that he does not have enough votes to meet the required threshold. If he remains unelected at the end of the day, there is no replacement candidate.

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