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Guess who's going to be House Speaker!

I have no idea. This is completely unknowable. It's impossible to guess who will be the GOP nominee or whether any in the party will want to win favor with that jackass.

Donald Trump to endorse Jim Jordan for House speaker

Ken Tran & David Jackson

USA TODAY, Oct 6, 2023

WASHINGTON − Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, to be the new speaker of the House, hours after saying he would accept the job on a short-term basis if Republicans deadlocked over the selection.

Jordan “is STRONG on Crime, Borders, our Military/Vets, & 2nd Amendment,” Trump said in a post early Friday on Truth Social, adding that “he will be a GREAT Speaker of the House.”

Hours earlier, Trump had said that if House Republicans couldn't reach consensus on a candidate to replace the deposed Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., "they have asked me if I would consider taking the speakership until they get somebody longer-term, because I am running for president," he told Fox News Digital.

Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, who had planned to nominate Trump for speaker, said Thursday night in a post on X, formerly Twitter, that the former president called him to say “he is endorsing Jim Jordan, and I believe Congress should listen to the leader of our party.”

A handful of GOP lawmakers, most of them hard-liners, removed McCarthy as speaker on Tuesday, leaving the lower chamber paralyzed as House Republicans scramble to find a new leader. The House cannot conduct important business, such as passing the spending bills needed to avoid a government shutdown, without an official leader.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, speaks during a hearing with the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government on February 9, 2023 in Washington. Donald Trump has endorsed him for speaker of the House.

Nehls, a member of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus – a bloc of the House's hardest-right lawmakers – had expressed support for Trump to serve as speaker before announcing the former president was backing Jordan.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at the California GOP Fall convention Sept. 29 in Anaheim.

The Constitution does not specify that a speaker has to be a member of the House. Every speaker in American history, however, has been a House lawmaker.

Jordan is chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee. The only other declared candidate in the race so far is House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, of Louisiana.

Trump had said Thursday that he would accept the speakership temporarily if Republicans could not agree on a replacement.

Asked Friday about a possible Jordan speakership, President Joe Biden smiled and told reporters, “Look, whomever the House speaker is I’m going to try to work with. They control half the Congress."

“There’s some people I’d imagine it’s going to be easier to work with than others. But whomever the speaker is, I’ll try to work with.”

Contributing: Sudiksha Kochi, Joey Garrison

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