Former President Donald Trump has a long resume, but it may soon include Speaker of the House if one Republican representative has her way. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) stated that she would only support Trump as the next speaker following the dramatic ousting of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in a floor vote Tuesday.
A number of other Republicans floated the idea of Trump becoming the next speaker following McCarthy’s exit due to the effort led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) said Tuesday that he would “nominate Donald J. Trump for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives” when the body reconvenes next week.
“President Trump, the greatest President of my lifetime, has a proven record of putting America First and will make the House great again,” he said.
The idea was added to by Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL), who wrote on social media that he supported the former president for the position.
Greene wrote that Trump was the “only candidate” that she was currently supporting. She said that Trump would “end the war in Ukraine” and “end the border.”
The Georgia Republican also argued that Trump will “end the politically weaponized government” and pass her bill “to stop transgender surgeries on kids and keep men out of women’s sports.”
She wrote that Trump “has a proven record” as president.
The only candidate for Speaker I am currently supporting is President Donald J. Trump.
He will end the war in Ukraine.
He will secure the border.
He will end the politically weaponized government.
He will make America energy independent again.
He will pass my bill to stop…
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) October 4, 2023
So far, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) stepped into the role as Speaker Pro Tempore. Other potential suitors for the position may not accept, although the situation was changing rapidly on Wednesday. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) voted to retain McCarthy on Tuesday. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) is currently battling cancer.
No member of senior House Republican leadership voted to remove McCarthy from his post.
Gaetz had recommended Trump as speaker during the extended debate on the subject in January.
The Constitution allows for an individual who is not serving as a representative to become House Speaker. So far, every person in that position has been a sitting member of the House.
Meanwhile, Trump himself weighed in on the developing chaos. On social media, he asked why “Republicans are always fighting among themselves, why aren’t they fighting the Radical Left Democrats who are destroying our Country?”