Democrat Deems GOP’s Latest House Speaker Pick Unfit For The Role

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Democrats aren’t a fan of Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.), the latest selection from House Republicans for the role of House Speaker. Johnson’s formal elevation as Speaker pick from the GOP conference in the House followed failures to actually nab the position by GOP Reps. Steve Scalise (La.), Jim Jordan (Ohio), and Tom Emmer (Minn.), all of whom jockeyed for the role after the unceremonious booting of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Johnson’s potential Speakership was set to be on the House floor for a vote early Wednesday. A major point of contention from Democrats against him was his past support for conspiracy theory-driven stances on the 2020 presidential election. Johnson helped lead the support from House Republicans for the failed Texas lawsuit challenging Joe Biden’s wins in several other states, and he also helped muster opposition on the House floor to the full certification in Congress of the results from that year’s election. Predictably considering those factors, former President Donald Trump supported Johnson as he ran for Speaker.

“Many of you are asking “who is Mike Johnson?” What I remember most is that when the Supreme Court overturned a woman’s right to choose, Mike Johnson said it was a “joyous day.” He is not fit to lead our House and I will strongly oppose his nomination,” Rep. Andy Kim (D-N.J.) said Wednesday.

The X (Twitter) account for Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee was also on Wednesday posting spotlights of Johnson’s position on abortion, suggesting together with other comments from Democrats that there’d be little to no common ground found between the GOP’s latest pick and the other major party in Congress. Thus, Johnson would need to get his majority support on the House floor specifically from Republicans — which is where his predecessors kept falling short!

Once he or someone else finally becomes Speaker again and restarts the House… government funding is again set to run out within mere weeks after the very temporary solution settled upon in Congress about a month ago.