Soon-departing former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., took a parting shot at the GOP congressman who led the charge to oust him.
McCarthy took aim at firebrand Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz while talking to reporters on Thursday, saying he was “psychotic” and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) studies minds like his.
“He was psychotic,” McCarthy said of Gaetz’s actions that led to his ouster as House speaker, according to a transcript posted by The Hill.
“People study that type of crazy mind, right?” McCarthy added. “Mainly the FBI.”
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It was the latest in the steady feud between McCarthy and Gaetz, whose motion to vacate ultimately led to McCarthy losing the House speakership.
McCarthy recently told Politico that Gaetz belongs behind bars when asked about the House’s Florida Republicans.
“You have a cross-section [of the delegation],” McCarthy told the publication in late November. “You have Gaetz, who belongs in jail, and you have serious members.”
McCarthy’s criticism appeared to reference the ongoing probe of Gaetz by the House Ethics Committee into allegations of sexual misconduct and misuse of his funding.