Fox News host Sean Hannity laughed as House Republicans failed to elect Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for speaker in three roll call votes Tuesday. (Watch the video below.)
In fact, Hannity said the conservative fight looks more like a circus to him.
“House Republicans are now poised to become a total clown show if they’re not careful,” Hannity said. “But despite the cheering and jubilation from the Democrats and the crowd and the media, it’s not a dire situation – yet.”
The new GOP-controlled House, charged with the usually unenviable task of selecting a speaker, is making history instead. This is the first time since 1923 that the House has not chosen a new speaker on the first ballot, according to the Congressional Research Service.
Swapped by a faction that included Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) along with all Democrats, the votes fell short of the 218 McCarthy needs win Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) received votes, even though he nominated McCarthy.
Hannity, usually a GOP cheerleader, noted that “a small but seemingly determined group of lawmakers now stands in the way” of McCarthy’s election.
Hannity championed McCarthy’s case as “the MAGA America first agenda that so many of you know like.”
In an appeal to breakaway conservatives, the host said McCarthy would investigate President Joe Biden, oppose his “radical socialization agenda” and crack down on immigration.
“I keep asking the catches again and again, what are you looking for?” Hannity added. “What would help you better serve your constituents at home? I have asked many of these members for weeks about this and rarely got an answer. I mostly got radio silence, lots of cricket.”