Former President Donald Trump has officially endorsed Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, as the preferred candidate for the role of House Speaker, following a recent leadership crisis within the GOP. Trump’s endorsement came shortly after he indicated his willingness to assume the role on a temporary basis should Republicans fail to reach a consensus on the selection.
In a statement posted on Truth Social, Trump lauded Jordan for his stance on critical issues, stating that Jordan is “STRONG on Crime, Borders, our Military/Vets, & 2nd Amendment,” and expressed confidence that he would make an excellent Speaker of the House. This endorsement followed an earlier announcement in which Trump had suggested his potential willingness to serve as speaker temporarily while simultaneously pursuing a presidential run.
Rep. Troy Nehls, a Republican from Texas, had originally planned to nominate Trump for the position of speaker. However, he later disclosed that Trump had called him to convey his endorsement of Jim Jordan, emphasizing that Congress should heed the leader of their party.
The turmoil within the GOP stems from the recent removal of Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, as the House Speaker by a group of GOP lawmakers, most of whom are considered hard-liners. This internal strife has left the House of Representatives in a state of paralysis as Republicans attempt to identify a new leader. Without an official speaker, the House cannot conduct essential legislative activities, including passing spending bills necessary to prevent a government shutdown.
Rep. Nehls, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, had initially expressed support for Donald Trump’s potential speakership. However, he subsequently revealed Trump’s endorsement of Jim Jordan.
Notably, while the U.S. Constitution does not specify that the speaker must be a member of the House, historical precedent has seen all speakers come from within the House’s ranks. Jim Jordan currently serves as the chairman of the influential House Judiciary Committee. As of now, the only other declared candidate in the race for House Speaker is House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, representing Louisiana.
Regarding the possibility of a Jim Jordan speakership, President Joe Biden remained diplomatic, stating, “Whomever the House speaker is, I’m going to try to work with. They control half the Congress.” He acknowledged that some individuals might be easier to work with than others but expressed his willingness to cooperate with the chosen speaker. The evolving situation within the GOP leadership will undoubtedly have significant implications for the functioning of the U.S. House of Representatives in the near future.