Matt Gaetz’s attempt to remove Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy from office was successful, marking the first time in U.S. history that a House speaker was voted out of the position. McCarthy, who had faced numerous scandals since 2016, blamed Gaetz for his removal. Gaetz announced he would file a “motion to vacate” to remove McCarthy from his post. However, a vote to “table” the motion failed, with 11 Republicans defecting. A final vote passed, ending McCarthy’s speakership. Eight Republicans joined with 208 Democrats in support of the measure. Rep. Steve Womack declared the office of Speaker of the House of the United States House of Representatives vacant. Gaetz defended his actions, stating that “Chaos is Speaker McCarthy. Chaos is somebody who we cannot trust with their word.” McCarthy stated that he would not attempt to run for the top House leadership position again.Florida Congressman Gaetz has criticized Speaker McCarthy for supporting a funding bill that avoided a government shutdown and cutting a secret deal with Democrats to fund Ukraine’s military in its fight with Russia. Gaetz has accused McCarthy of spinelessness and losing his lunch money in every negotiation with the White House. McCarthy has insisted that Gaetz’s issue is personal and has little to do with politics or policy. After a lengthy Democratic caucus meeting, the party’s leadership said it would not be voting to help McCarthy, and centrist Democrats abandoned him as well. McCarthy’s previous actions, including an impeachment inquiry into President Biden without a floor vote and defense of former President Trump, have caused little love among the minority party.