Following Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s shocking resignation on Tuesday, right-wing legislators and pundits are already uniting behind the notion of former President Donald Trump taking over as Speaker of the House.
The concept of Trump assuming the position was suggested by right television network Newsmax, Alex Jones, and former Trump strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday night, just minutes after McCarthy was expelled from House leadership.
On InfoWars, Jones stated unequivocally, “Donald Trump should be nominated as a litmus test to all these Republicans.” After all of the fabricated accusations and trials, how fantastic would it be to appoint Donald Trump as Speaker of the House?
On Elon Musk’s social media platform X, which was formerly known as Twitter, the hashtag “Nominate Trump” was also trending on Tuesday. This was partially due to Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) unofficially nominating the former president through a trending tweet. Not too long after, Rep. Greg Steube made a similar suggestion that Trump may take over.
Kevin McCarthy will NOT be running again as Speaker.
I nominate Donald J. Trump for Speaker of the House.
— Congressman Troy E. Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) October 3, 2023
Sean Hannity, the anchor of Fox News, who is still very close to President Trump and was compared to a “shadow chief of staff” by White House officials during Trump’s administration, said shortly after that he had spoken with a number of Republican members of Congress who intended to formally pursue the concept. Hannity went so far as to imply that Trump would be receptive to the notion.
“I have been told that Trump might be open to helping the Republican party, at least in the short term, if necessary,” Hannity said.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a Trump supporter and possible candidate for speaker, dismissed the notion later in his program but left it open-ended, stating, “I want him to be the next President of the United States, but if he wants to be speaker, that’s fine too.”
Hannity: Sources are telling me that some Republicans have been in contact with and has started an effort to draft former Trump to be the next speaker and I have been told that Trump might be open to helping the Republican party at least in the short term if necessary. pic.twitter.com/V6A11Iexct
— Acyn (@Acyn) October 4, 2023
The original “motion to vacate” that resulted in McCarthy’s removal from office was submitted by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who was aware of the possibility of an unexpected outsider running for the speakership. Although he would back a number of existing Congressmen for the position, the MAGA firebrand told reporters on Monday night that he wasn’t discounting “other Americans who wouldn’t necessarily need to be members of the body to be considered for the speakership.”
Other possible contenders include Representatives. Steve Scalise (R-LA), who is supposedly preferred by House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN), and Gaetz, who as late as last month said would be a suitable option.
The whole story started over the weekend when Gaetz objected to McCarthy’s attempt to work on a stopgap budget package, which finally passed with backing from the White House and Democratic members, in order to prevent an impending government shutdown.
McCarthy holds the unique distinction of being the only House Speaker to be ousted by their peers, as only eight other Republicans and all House Democrats voted to remove him.
Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Ken Buck (R-CO), Tim Burchett (R-TN), Eli Crane (R-AZ), Bob Good (R-VA), Nancy Mace (R-SC), Matt Rosendale (R-MT), and Gaetz were among the Republicans who voted against McCarthy.
After all was said and done, 216 lawmakers were in favor of removing the California Republican and 210 were against it.
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