Gaetz said if McCarthy becomes speaker of the House, he'll do so with the 'world's best constructive straitjacket'

Rep.-elect Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., conceded Thursday that Rep.-elect Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., could eventually be elected speaker of the House of Representatives, but argued he would be a speaker with a "straitjacket."

Gaetz didn't say why he was still choosing not to support McCarthy despite the latter offering concessions to critics.

McCarthy failed to gain the necessary majority of votes to be elected speaker in six votes over two days.

 McCarthy's support slipped from 203 votes on the first ballot to 201 votes in Wednesday's final votes, with 20 members of the GOP voting for Rep.-elect Byron Donalds, R-Fla. 

Ahead of a meeting with Republicans before Thursday's vote, McCarthy was asked if he expects the vote tally to be the same today. He said, "Yeah, pretty much."

McCarthy added, "Nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to. I wouldn't read anything into the votes today."

When asked what he thought would happen if McCarthy refuses to remove his name from consideration and is unable to reach a majority of votes, Gaetz simply referenced a quote from former President Donald Trump.