(NewsGlobal.com)- A CNN interview with host Erin Burnett went wrong after Texas Congressman Troy Nehls called her “young lady” and referred to the network as the “Clinton News Network,” according to The Daily Mail. The fiery exchange occurred as McCarthy still fumbled and scavenged for the needed votes to become House speaker.
When the 11th round of voting failed, Nehls spoke to Burnett about his loyalty and support of McCarthy. Burnett asked if he was prepared to continue to vote as Republicans tried to deliberate on a consensus candidate the party can rally behind.
“Listen, I don’t know if you are aware of, young lady, but I’m also a member of the House Freedom Caucus,” Nehls said, adding that the chaos in the House is not the hill to die on. He said there were around 40 members in the House Freedom Caucus and suggested that they will have a big influence when it comes to passing and signing legislation.
Without their support, McCarthy will have a lot of trouble as speaker. But Nehls reiterated that the real battle will be to get 218 Republicans to pass legislation.
Burnett jumped in and said that she will assume his “young lady” comment was a compliment to which Nehls agreed.
“Of course it was. This is my first time on the Clinton News Network,” said Nehls. Burnett called it “rude” but said she will treat him with respect.
McCarthy found support from most Republicans in the House and even found allies in former President Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence. Pence called the speaker his “friend” and urged Republicans to vote for him.
Trump, on the other hand, reportedly called Gaetz to tell him to stand down. After voting “present” and lowering the threshold for the number of votes needed to win, McCarthy was elected speaker and thanked Trump, asserting that the former president’s influence has not grown weak.