Republican Mocks Matt Gaetz, McCarthy Critics in ‘Super Snarky’ Letter

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) allegedly penned a “super snarky” letter that mocked Florida Republican Matt Gaetz and other representatives critical of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

McClintock is reported to have addressed the Republican lawmakers, most prominent of which was Gaetz, and sarcastically congratulated them on how they “(and 206 House Democrats) saved us from a Republican speaker.”

McCarthy was removed from his position earlier this month after Gaetz filed a motion to vacate the speakership. Due to the Republican’s slender majority in the House, the votes of only eight GOP lawmakers in addition to those of House Democrats were all that was needed to remove McCarthy.

Newsweek has contacted Gaetz and McCarthy’s office for comment via email.

The situation has exposed a rift among Republicans as Jim Jordan (R-OH), of the Freedom Caucus, failed in his bid to become speaker, leading to growing concern as the House is unable to work effectively ahead of the possibility of a government shutdown next month.

Republican representatives Tom McClintock and Matt Gaetz
A split image of Reps. Tom McClintock (left) and Matt Gaetz. McClintock mocked the Florida congressman and other Republicans who voted to oust previous Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

“We should have been moved by your willingness to suffer ‘censure, suspension, or removal from the conference’ to enforce your personal preferences on the overwhelming majority of your unenlightened colleagues,” McClintock allegedly said in an October 21 letter obtained and shared on X, formerly Twitter, by Politico Congress reporter Olivia Beavers who described it as “super snarky.”

“We truly don’t deserve you,” the letter continued. “But your sacrifice is not in vain. You have succeeded in replacing the outdated concept of majority rule with an exciting new standard that a speaker must be elated by 98.2 percent of the Republican conference. Someday, a messiah will be born unto us who can achieve this miraculous threshold, and on that day your judgment will be vindicated and you will be hailed as the geniuses that you are.

“I think we were all truly humbled to learn that your ‘fidelity to Republican virtues and principles remains unwavering.’ Who could not be moved to tears to read that you offer your self-sacrifice ‘sincerely and with the hope of unity with purpose?’

“With this in mind, I modestly suggest that you plan your martyrdom in the only way that truly matters: to have the wisdom to see the damage you have done to our country and to have the courage to set things right before it is too late. I enclose a proposed resolution that perhaps one of you can offer as we begin the fourth week of national paralysis and as the world burns around us.”

Newsweek was not immediately able to verify the veracity of the letter and contacted Rep. McClintock via email for clarification at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday.

The House of Representatives voted this month by 216-210 to oust McCarthy, marking a historic first time where a “motion to vacate” successfully removed a speaker.

Republicans Andy Biggs of Arizona, Ken Buck of Colorado, Tim Burchett of Tennessee, Eli Crane of Arizona, Bob Good of Virginia, Nancy Mace of South Carolina, and Matt Rosendale of Montana joined Gaetz to vote with House Democrats to remove McCarthy.

The Republicans who voted to remove McCarthy listed among their concerns the speaker’s passing of bills that were supported by House Democrats.

“Chaos is Speaker McCarthy. Chaos is somebody who we cannot trust with their word,” Gaetz previously said on the House floor defending his position. “The one thing that the White House, House Democrats, and many of us on the conservative side of the Republican caucus would argue is that the thing we have in common is Kevin McCarthy.”

McCarthy later said that Gaetz’s hardline position during crunch talks risked a government shutdown.

“This isn’t about the speakership. I am still a member of Congress. I understand the relationship between America and Israel,” McCarthy said during a segment on Fox News The Story earlier this month.

“I have dear friends in the leadership there (Israel) and living there. And I’m not going to sit back and do nothing. What I have found what’s going on, if we had listened to Matt Gaetz, we would be in a government shutdown right now. So, our troops wouldn’t be paid. What strength would we have in the world then?”