Former president Donald Trump has claimed that he will do ‘whatever is necessary’ to ‘help’ the selection process for a new Speaker of the House, as long as they help a ‘highly experienced President, ME!’
The real estate mogul-turned-reality TV star-turned-president made in a post on his social media platform, Truth Social, on Tuesday, just a day after former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy was ousted from his position in a putsch from hardline Republicans.
He claimed that his position as the current Republican frontrunner for the 2024 Presidential elections gave him the authority to help handpick the important congressional role.
He wrote: ‘I am running for President, have a 62 Point lead over Republicans, and am up on Crooked Joe Biden, despite the Democrat Party’s massive Law-fare, Weaponization, and Election Interference efforts, by 4 to 11 Points, but will do whatever is necessary to help with the Speaker of the House selection process, short term, until the final selection of a GREAT REPUBLICAN SPEAKER is made.
‘A Speaker who will help a new, but highly experienced President, ME, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!’
Former president Donald Trump (pictured) claimed that his current position as the Republican frontrunner for the 2024 Presidential elections gave him the authority to help handpick the important congressional role
He told his followers on Truth Social that he wanted to make sure the new Speaker would help him
There is currently a heated race between top Republicans over who will take the coveted position.
Jim Jordan, the US representative for Ohio’s 4th congressional district, threw his hat in the ring, as did the Republican party’s Number Two leader, Steve Scalise, the current House Majority Leader who represents Louisiana’s first district.
House Majority Whip Tom Emmer has also been mentioned as a possible McCarthy successor.
He is the favorite of a group of far-right members who helped line up the move to vacate the chair. Emmer, 62, previously ran the House GOP campaign arm, including in 2022 when Republicans seized control but underperformed expectations.
Financial Services Chairman Patrick McHenry, a McCarthy advisor who helped him clear the hurdles to leadership during his January speaker’s race, was designated as temporary speaker, after McCarthy was ousted.
‘A lot of people have been calling me about speaker,’ former President Donald Trump said inside a Manhattan courthouse Wednesday
Trump seemingly threw his hat into the ring for the Speaker position, with a cryptic post to Truth Social that showed him holding a gavel similar to those used by previous speakers
It is a ceremonial role that will have him help oversee the election of a new speaker, a role he has also been mentioned for. He chairs the powerful Financial Services Committee.
Trump himself appears to have shown his intention of running for Speaker of the House, despite a Republican bylaw that states that the important role cannot be held by someone under indictment.
He shared a photo of himself wearing a MAGA hat while holding a gavel, which Speakers of the House use in their day-to-day business in Congress.
While there is no congressional law that says that the Speaker of the House has to be an elected member, Republican bylaws would prevent Trump from taking the position.
‘A member of the Republican Leadership shall step aside if indicted for a felony for which a sentence of two or more years imprisonment may be imposed,’ Republican conference rules state.
He also claimed in front of a Manhattan courthouse: ‘A lot of people have been calling me about speaker.’
Trump faces up to 71 years in prison for his Georgia indictment alone, and that is one of just four indictments he is facing.
McCarthy himself said he would not make another run for speaker, telling reporters: ‘I fought for what I believe in. I believe I can continue to fight, but maybe in a different manner.’
McCarthy was voted out of his role by 216-210 on Tuesday, after fringe Republicans forced through a historic vote to vacate his position.
The 58-year-old, who represents California’s 20th district, was accused of colluding with Democrats during an 11th-hour bill that narrowly prevented the US government from shutting down.
For months, he struggled to satisfy members of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus while also funding the government.
Representative Matt Gaetz, who led the charge against McCarthy, said: ‘Kevin McCarthy is a creature of the swamp. He has risen to power by collecting special interest money and redistributing that money in exchange for favors. We are breaking the fever now.’
Several Republicans have said that they will be meeting on October 10 to discuss who will take the role of Speaker, ahead of a vote on a new speaker planned for October 11.
But many lawmakers are worried that the vote for a new speaker will take several weeks, preventing them from getting things done.
Tom McClintock, a California Republican said in remarks on the House floor before McCarthy was ousted: ‘We can expect week after week of fruitless ballots while no other business can be conducted.’
When McCarthy was elected as Speaker of the House in January, it took 15 votes over four days for the decision to finally go through.
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