Trump Endorses Jim Jordan For House Speaker


And while they are working out this sham elevation of Jordan to Speaker, Trump said he would take over as speaker until it was worked out.

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Former president Donald Trump is throwing his support behind Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to become House speaker after Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was ousted in a rebellion by far-right Republicans.

In an early-morning post Friday on his social media platform Truth Social, Trump said Jordan had his “complete” and “total” endorsement. “He will be a GREAT Speaker of the House,” Trump posted. “…He is STRONG on Crime, Borders, our Military/Vets, & 2nd Amendment.”

Jordan, chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, has been a vocal Trump supporter. He became the first person this week to publicly share his plans to run for speaker, giving reporters an emphatic “yes” when asked Wednesday whether he would seek to lead the chamber. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House majority leader and another Trump supporter, also announced that he would run for speaker.

House Republicans are searching for a replacement to the first speaker voted out in U.S. history as McCarthy said he would not seek it again.

Becoming speaker — a position second in line to the presidency — requires a majority vote in the full House, and support from both the far-right and moderate factions of the fractured GOP, assuming no Democrats come on board.

Apart from Jordan and Scalise, Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.), who leads a large faction of conservatives as chairman of the Republican Study Committee, has said some Republicans have asked him to consider running for speaker and that he is weighing it.Several other Republicans have also not ruled out bids when the House returns next week.

Jordan, Scalise and Hern are scheduled to appear Monday night on anchor Bret Baier’s program on Fox News for what the network is advertising as a discussion among the speaker hopefuls. House Republicans plan to hear from the candidates on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

Trump has talked to House members about Jordan but is not expected to come to the Capitol or whip votes next week, according to an adviser familiar with his calls who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Trump has talked to Jordan since leaving office “probably more than any other member,” the Trump adviser said, adding that Trump personally likes Jordan in a way that he doesn’t like Scalise and has watched as Jordan has defended him over the years.

“Jordan hasn’t had one of those moments where he’s gotten crosswise with the president,” the adviser said.

Some House Republicans also have been calling on the former president to seek the speaker post himself. Among them: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), a former McCarthy ally. She said on social media earlier this week that Trump is “the only candidate for Speaker I am currently supporting.”

Trump told Fox News Digital in an interview Thursday that he would be open to accepting an interim role as speaker, but he said his focus is on the White House race.

“I will do it if necessary, should they not be able to make their decision,” Trump said.

A Trump adviser said Trump was never seriously interested in trying to become temporary speaker, even though some members pitched him on the concept.

House speakers are not required to be members of the chamber. But installing Trump, even temporarily, faces a hurdle: Under House Republican rules, “a member of the Republican Leadership shall step aside if indicted for a felony for which a sentence of two or more years imprisonment may be imposed.”

Trump currently faces 91 felony charges across four criminal cases in federal and state courts. Some of the most serious charges are punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Some Trump allies in the House have suggested that they could change the rules to allow Trump to serve.

Jordan, who was elected to Congress in 2006, has steadily risen in the ranks of the Republican conference. He has used his perch as Judiciary Committee chairman, which he has held since January, to fight those who are investigating Trump.

He was one of eight House lawmakers who were part of Trump’s defense team in his first Senate impeachment trial. Trump, in one of his last acts as president, gave Jordan the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

A former chairman of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, Jordan was first nominated for the speakership in January by far-right Republicans who opposed McCarthy, but Jordan steadfastly maintained his support for him.

Among those also in Jordan’s corner now: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who spearheaded the push to remove McCarthy from his leadership position. “My mentor Jim Jordan would be great!” Gaetz posted Tuesday on X, in response to a report that Jordan was entertaining a speaker’s bid.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), an ally of McCarthy’s with ties to the Freedom Caucus, and Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) also have expressed support for Jordan.



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