Fans recently caught a moment involving Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who passed a phone with Donald Trump on the line to an anti-Kevin McCarthy rebel on the House floor amid the speaker crisis on Friday night.
Donald Trump was on the call
Greene posted a photo on Twitter of herself trying to pass her phone to fellow GOP Rep. Matt Rosendale with the former president’s initials “DT” appearing on the screen.
It was the perfect phone call. pic.twitter.com/aRpf5pefoU
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) January 7, 2023
In the image, Rosendale, who had been voting against McCarthy, appears to brush off the Georgia congresswoman. Greene later confirmed to reporters that she had been on the phone with her “favorite president” but declined to elaborate on what he said.
McCarthy was finally elected speaker of the House in the early hours of Saturday morning, ending days of chaos and uncertainty. The speaker election process, which stretched over five days and 15 ballots, was disrupted by a group of hardline conservatives who repeatedly voted against McCarthy.
The former president, who supported McCarthy’s speaker bid, reportedly made a series of well-timed calls to some of the GOP members who were opposing him. The New York Times reported that Trump called Rep. Matt Gaetz, who was leading the anti-McCarthy faction, after his “present” vote on the 14th ballot cost McCarthy a victory.
The paper noted that Trump’s call may have influenced Gaetz to agree to continue with another round of balloting, which McCarthy ultimately won. CNN also reported that Trump called Rep. Andy Biggs, who then voted “present” on the 15th ballot rather than voting against McCarthy.