Chip Roy responds to accusation fellow Texas Republican said he could use a ‘code red’ beatdown

Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy waved off comments by Rep. Ronny Jackson who purportedly called his colleague a “major pain in the a–” during a panel discussion.

In a post on X, Roy said he would “take it as a compliment” that his fellow Texas Republican shared the assessment during an event for Rep. Mike Bost (R-Ill.) on Wednesday.

Jackson was asked about recent rumors that Roy might attempt to remove House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La) from his newly-attained position, according to a post on X by KSDK News political editor Mark Maxwell.

“I love Chip Roy, but Chip Roy is a major pain in the a– for all of us a few times,” Jackson reportedly replied.

He also suggested Roy could use a “code red” beatdown, evidently referring to the military beatdown ordered by Colonel Jessup in the 1992 movie “A Few Good Men.”

According to IMDb:

A code red is an undocumented (not officially ordered) hazing order issued against a marine who isn’t performing to the unit’s standards. Hazing typically involves harassment, abuse, or ridicule. In the case of Willy Santiago it resulted in his unintentional death.


Roy responded in a post, writing, “I’ve been called far worse.”

“I’ve been called far worse than ‘a pain in the ass,’ while also having lots of nice things said about me at the same time. I take it as a compliment! Onward,” the Texas lawmaker wrote.

Speaking with CNN host Kaitlan Collins last month, Roy spoke about trying to oust Johnson as speaker over the spending deal with Democrats.

“That’s not the road I prefer,” Roy said on “The Source” in early January.

“You know, we’ve gone down that road. I didn’t prefer to go down that road with Speaker McCarthy. We need to figure out how to get this all done together. But it isn’t good and there’s a lot of my colleagues who are pretty frustrated about it. So, we’ll see what happens this week,” he added.

“I’m not concerned about that, we’re leading,” Johnson had said at a press conference after being asked about Roy’s warnings over the deal

“Chip Roy is one of my closest friends. We agree on almost everything in principle,” he added.

Frieda Powers


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