Mike Rogers and Matt Gaetz Wiki, Biography
Late on the night of Friday, January 6, the situation almost became unmanageable in the House of Representatives when US Representative Mike Rogers was detained by Congressman Richard Hudson. The incident took place after former Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz had an angry confrontation during a House Speaker vote.
During the 14th ballot, Gaetz declared his vote “Present”. Said action by the Florida congressman brought Republican Kevin McCarthy within one vote to become the speaker of the United States House of Representatives. McCarthy’s ally Rogers nearly started a fight and had to be restrained.
In video captured by C-SPAN, Rogers is seen getting frustrated with Gaetz and trying to reach out to him. As North Carolina Representative Richard Hudson covers Rogers’ mouth, the camera pans out to follow Kevin McCarthy walking away.
Netizens criticized Mike Rogers for lashing out at Matt Gaetz after video from the House floor went viral
After a video of the tense moments between the two Republican congressmen hit the internet, it didn’t take long for netizens to express their opinions online. Several people criticized Rogers for his behavior, and Gaetz was credited for maintaining his composure during the heated exchange.
Chaos on the House floor: After losing the 14th ballot for Speaker, Kevin McCarthy appeared to plead with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) to change his vote from present to McCarthy.
Then, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) had to be held back from going at Gaetz. pic.twitter.com/foyCRVYrw1
— The Recount (@therecount) January 7, 2023
Many netizens accused Rogers of being drunk during his argument with a fellow lawmaker.
One user wrote:
“Mike Rogers needs to stop getting drunk at work!”
One Twitter user criticized Rogers for his gestures, saying:
“Mike Rogers lunged at Matt Gaetz. This behavior is unacceptable for a member of Congress, let alone a member of Congress in a leadership position.”
Adding to the criticism, many did not hold back from mocking the altercation when the video and images surfaced online. These are some of the reactions:
Mike Rogers reveals what he told Matt Gaetz
According to the New York Post, Rogers recounted the incident when he spoke to the publication on Saturday. The Alabama representative said:
“I was exasperated that Matt was treating McCarthy so badly. So, I walked to the end of the hall a few feet from where he was sitting and said, ‘Matt, I’m not going to forget this.’ He was about to pull me away when Richard Hudson grabbed me from behind and shoved me back.”
For the uninitiated, Matt Gaetz upheld his “Present” vote for the final 15th ballot. Kevin McCarthy, who failed to win the oratory in 14 rounds, was able to succeed in round 15 after Gaetz’s vote lowered the threshold to the required mark.
McCarthy defeated Democratic nominee Marisa Wood to become Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.