Trump Endorses Jim Jordan for House Speaker

Former President Donald Trump has publicly thrown his weight behind Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio to succeed Kevin McCarthy as House speaker.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Trump Endorses Jim Jordan for House Speaker
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Former President Donald Trump has publicly thrown his weight behind Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio to succeed Kevin McCarthy as House speaker.

A Star from Ohio's 4th District

Rep. Jim Jordan, the House Judiciary Committee chairman and a staunch Trump loyalist, has consistently defended the former president over the years.

Expressing his endorsement, Trump praised Jordan in a post on his Truth Social platform, saying, "Congressman Jim Jordan has been a STAR long before making his very successful journey to Washington, D.C., representing Ohio’s 4th Congressional District." He added, "He will be a GREAT Speaker of the House, & has my Complete & Total Endorsement!”

The Backstory: From Speculations to Confirmation

The backing comes on the heels of a statement from Texas Rep.

Troy Nehls on Thursday night, confirming Trump’s decision. Earlier, there were whispers in political corridors about Trump’s possible openness to stepping in as an interim leader if the Republican party faced hurdles in appointing a successor in the aftermath of McCarthy's unexpected removal.

Despite these speculations, it seems Trump had long harbored a preference for Jordan, as indicated by two anonymous Republicans privy to his thoughts. However, the timing of Trump's official endorsement remained uncertain until Nehls' tweet which effectively lifted the curtain.

“Just had a great conversation with President Trump about the Speaker’s race. He is endorsing Jim Jordan, and I believe Congress should listen to the leader of our party,” Nehls shared on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

In a subsequent interview with The Associated Press, Nehls, who had earlier advocated for Trump to vie for the post, clarified that Trump's choice was indeed Jim Jordan. Recounting their conversation, Nehls said, “After him thinking about it and this and that ...

he said he really is in favor of getting behind Jim Jordan”. Nehls continued, emphasizing the former president’s conviction: “He believes Jim Jordan is right for the job”. As Washington braces for this potential change in the House leadership, many eyes will be on Rep. Jim Jordan and the role he may come to play in shaping the future direction of the Republican party.

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