Former President Donald Trump officially endorsed highly controversial Ohio congressman Jim Jordan as his choice for the next House speaker. But it wasn’t to be. Full Story.
GOP Leadership Battle Begins
With the GOP leadership battle intensifying and divisions within the party becoming more apparent, Trump’s endorsement of Jim Jordan further cements his role in shaping the party’s direction.
Trump Shares His Support
Donald Trump’s endorsement of Jim Jordan, a founding member of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, was made public on his Truth Social platform.
Trump’s “Total Endorsement!”
Trump wrote, “Congressman Jim Jordan has been a STAR long before making his very successful journey to Washington, DC, representing Ohio’s 4th Congressional District,” adding that “he will be a GREAT Speaker of the House & has my Complete & Total Endorsement!”.
Endorsement Post Chaos
This endorsement comes after a period of uncertainty within the Republican Party following Kevin McCarthy’s ousting as House speaker.
Nehls Verifies Endorsement
Troy Nehls, a Texas congressman, also revealed Trump’s support for Jordan, solidifying the former president’s backing for the Ohio congressman’s bid.
Trump Stepping Back?
Trump’s willingness to back Jordan comes after he openly entertained the idea of serving as the interim leader himself, further emphasizing his grip on the party’s direction.
Trump’s Outrageous Photo
Earlier this week, Trump posted a picture of himself in the Speaker of the House seat, stirring up yet even more controversy.
Power to the Right
Amidst the ongoing power struggle within the Republican Party, Trump’s endorsement serves as a strategic move to assert his control and push the party further to the right.
With House Republicans divided, the future of the Speaker has been uncertain since McCarthy’s departure.
Scalise vs. Jordan
Trump’s announcement of support solidified by Troy Nehls confirmation of his support, places Jordan and Steve Scalise of Louisiana as the two leading candidates vying for the speakership, with both seeking to secure the crucial votes required for victory.
Scalise to Step Down?
The endorsement’s impact on Scalise’s candidacy remains uncertain, as it remains to be seen whether Trump’s support for Jordan will compel Scalise, the current GOP majority leader, to withdraw from the race.
The Back Up Plan
Given the party’s internal divisions, Nehls acknowledged the challenges of reaching the 218-vote threshold and suggested that Trump could once again become a contender if no candidate secures sufficient support.
Trump’s Return to the Capitol
As the GOP leadership battle heats up, Trump has planned a visit to Capitol Hill, marking his first visit since leaving office and the January 6th attack on the Capitol.
His Power Remains
Trump’s presence and endorsement reflect his determination to shape the future of the Republican Party, even as he faces legal challenges over his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results.
Trump’s Biggest Cheerleader
Jim Jordan, a staunch ally of Trump, has actively supported investigations into prosecutors who pursued charges against the former president.
Jordan’s Stoic Support
He was also part of the group of Republicans who collaborated with Trump in his efforts to overturn the election results.
Scalise, too, has maintained a close association with Trump throughout his political career.
Hern Waiting in the Wings
While Jordan and Scalise vie for the speakership, other potential contenders, including Oklahoma representative Kevin Hern, await their opportunity to enter the fray.
Don’t Count Him Out Yet
Hern, as the chair of the Republican Study Committee, leads the largest faction of Republicans in the House, making him a noteworthy figure in the ongoing power struggle within the GOP.
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