Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) worried Sunday morning that the Republican Party is now in “troubled waters” because of the growing influence of far-right conspirators like congresswomen. Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Earlier this month, Upton announced he would retire instead of seeking re-electionjoins a growing list of House members who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump over the January 6 uprising, who has decided to leave Congress.
The Michigan congressman was also one of 13 Republicans in the House to vote on President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan last year, prompting Greene to publicly target it. he is the “American killer and energy man”. Upton will then share scary voicemails in which those calling him are “a damn traitor” while wishing death for his family.
Appear on NBC’s Meet the pressThe conservative lawmaker said that while he believes the House will turn to Republicans after the midterm elections, he doesn’t think “it’s going to be as shaky as this” and that the GOP won’t overwhelming majority. .
NBC News spokesman Chuck Todd finally asked Upton if he felt House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy could “represent both you and Marjorie Taylor Greene” if he became a speaker. of the House of Representatives, causing the MP to raise serious doubts.
“He can do it if he gets the profit,” Upton said. “That’s why this over/under number is so important. We will be over or under 230 years old [House Republicans]? ”
Todd then wonders aloud if Upton feels that McCarthy might not even be elected as a speaker if the GOP gets a majority, as some pro-Trump lawmakers have expressed reservations about his leadership. .
“It would be very difficult to govern for the Republican Party if we were under 230, knowing that we have the MTG element that is really not part of the majority of government,” Upton replied.
While acknowledging that Congress has always had “wild types of members” in its ranks, Upton pointed out that Greene, Boebert and Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ)-Who was officially censored last year for sharing a violent video—Is in a classroom of their own.
“I don’t think we’ve had as many people on the team elected as we used to, but I think they’re very popular back home,” he sighed.
“I mean, what does that tell you about the Republican Party?” Todd hit.
“The waters are in trouble, I guess you could say, and that’s why the profits will be [close],” Upton replied. “Right now, look, [House Speaker] Pelosi got the votes, especially with the use of proxy votes. She’s not going to lose a vote, and I don’t think she really has the past year and a half. We will not have proxy votes. Kevin made that very clear. ”