In a recent announcement on Truth Social, former President Donald Trump officially endorsed Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) in his bid to become the Republican Speaker of the House, following the ousting of Kevin McCarthy. Trump commended Jordan’s track record, calling him a “STAR” and highlighted his accomplishments both in athletics and academia.
“Respected by all, he is now Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee,” Trump stated. He emphasized Jordan’s strong stance on various issues including crime, borders, the military, veterans, and the Second Amendment. Trump declared his complete endorsement, stating that Jordan and his family are outstanding, and he is confident that Jordan will be a great Speaker of the House.
Representative Troy Nehls (R-TX) shared Trump’s endorsement of Jordan and encouraged Congress to heed the leader of the party. Jordan confirmed his run for Speaker of the House shortly after McCarthy’s removal, positioning himself as a staunch conservative and a fierce opponent of President Barack Obama and Democratic Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Paul Ryan (R-WI).
Donald Trump Could Have Had The Job
A “draft Trump” movement emerged earlier this week, suggesting former President Donald Trump for the position. Rep. Troy Nehls called Trump to nominate him for the role, believing he could address Congress’ issues. This sparked a 48-hour scramble, with Trump considering the idea before advisors and allies convinced him it was a bad plan.
The notion of “Speaker Trump” gained momentum, with loyalists like Nehls and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene pushing for it. Nehls even addressed concerns about Trump’s criminal indictments potentially disqualifying him. Trump, viewing it as a distraction from legal issues, entertained the idea, even confirming interest in a Fox News interview.
However, this triggered panic among House Republicans, fearing association with Trump as speaker. According to POLITICO, senior allies advised Trump against it, citing potential embarrassing outcomes and advised him to focus on the 2024 presidential race instead. Trump heeded the advice and publicly stepped back from the idea, endorsing Rep. Jim Jordan for speaker. Nehls still believes Trump could become speaker in case of a deadlock.
Who Is Jim Jordan?
Jordan is known for being one of the House Republicans’ most effective attack dogs against alleged corruption in the White House, making him a key figure in House Republicans’ impeachment inquiry of President Joe Biden. He is a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus and continues to hold sway over much of the Republicans’ conservative bloc.
Several members of Congress have already endorsed his bid, including Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Representative Harriet Hageman (R-WY). Hageman described Jordan as a “solid conservative and a truly effective leader” and expressed strong support for him in his run for Speaker of the House.
The endorsement by Trump adds significant weight to Jordan’s campaign for Speaker of the House, bringing attention to the upcoming Republican leadership race and potentially influencing fellow Republicans in their decision-making process.
The Speaker of the House plays a crucial role in setting the legislative agenda and shaping the direction of the House of Representatives. The impact of Trump’s endorsement on Jordan’s candidacy will likely be closely observed in the coming months as the Republican Party prepares for the 2024 elections.
Georgia Gilholy is a journalist based in the United Kingdom who has been published in Newsweek, The Times of Israel, and the Spectator. Gilholy writes about international politics, culture, and education.
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