Veterans Group Pledges To Use Mike Johnson Against GOP In 2024


VoteVets, a progressive organization advocating for veterans’ interests, is pledging this week to use new Speaker of the House Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) against Republicans in the 2024 elections. A prepared statement from an executive at the group points to Johnson’s work in trying to undermine the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Let’s be clear: Mike Johnson is anti-Troop and anti-Veteran, yet all House Republicans backed him fully without hesitation. This is who they are. We will make sure everyone knows,” VoteVets said on X (Twitter).

The other statement, credited to the Director of Government Relations at VoteVets (Mary Kaszynski), characterizes the undermining of the 2020 presidential election results as going against what so many veterans and active members of the U.S. military have sought to protect. “That the man who is two heartbeats away from the Oval Office helped engineer the insurrection, and coup against the President-elect, is a crisis and an insult to what our Troops fought and died to protect,” Kaszynski said this week.

Johnson helped lead the House GOP’s support for the infamous (failed) Texas lawsuit from after the 2020 presidential election that challenged Joe Biden’s election victories that year in several other states. Many have pointed to the threat these pushes posed to the basic voting rights of Americans, since the absence of any evidence of some widespread violation of the legal process for balloting means that what Johnson and so many others were fighting was just the duly documented expression of the people’s will in that year’s race for president. Johnson also helped spearhead opposition to the full certification in Congress of Joe Biden’s presidential election win.

And he received unanimous support from the Republicans participating in the House Speaker vote on Wednesday, no matter other concerning qualities like a past vote for a government funding deal that would have imposed massive cuts of some 30 percent across much of the federal government.