Former President Donald Trump is throwing his support behind Rep. Mike Johnson as the next House speaker after the Louisiana lawmaker became his party’s fourth speaker nominee Tuesday night.
“I am not going to make an Endorsement in this race, because I COULD NEVER GO AGAINST ANY OF THESE FINE AND VERY TALENTED MEN, all of whom have supported me, in both mind and spirit, from the very beginning of our GREAT 2016 Victory,” Trump posted to Truth Social Wednesday morning. “My strong SUGGESTION is to go with the leading candidate, Mike Johnson.”
Trump’s endorsement comes as the former president tanked Rep. Tom Emmer’s (R-Minn.) efforts to become House speaker. Emmer won the Republican Conference’s nomination on Tuesday, but Trump took to Truth Social to deride the congressman as “totally out-of-touch with Republican Voters” and a “Globalist RINO.”
Several hours later, Emmer withdrew from the contest.
Late Tuesday night, Johnson won the speaker nomination and now faces an uphill climb to reach 217 votes to win on the House floor when members vote on Wednesday.
Johnson, who is a close ally of Trump, defended the former president during the impeachment hearings and contested the results of the 2020 election.
Trump previously endorsed Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) but Jordan’s efforts to become speaker failed as the lawmaker was unable to garner the voters needed and House Republicans dropped him as their nominee.
Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota is placing blame on Hunter Biden and backing President Joe Biden in light of Speaker Kevin McCarthy directing the House to open an impeachment inquiry into the president.
“The evidence suggests Hunter Biden is guilty of unethical and/or illegal behavior,” Phillips said on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. “The evidence suggests Joe Biden is guilty of absolutely nothing more than being a father.”
Phillips’ comments display an indication that Democrats aren’t interested in defending Hunter Biden even as they back the president. McCarthy said Tuesday that he would be “directing” committees “to open a formal impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden" without a vote on the floor.
Phillips, a moderate Democrat, met with donors in July to talk about a possible primary run against Joe Biden. But last month Phillips said he had not yet decided whether he would launch a bid.
It’s unclear whether or not McCarthy has the majority support for the impeachment inquiry mostly due to centrists who are skeptical that the GOP has uncovered enough evidence to advance an impeachment vote, given that no direct link has emerged so far between Joe Biden and the overseas business dealings of Hunter Biden.
House GOP probes have so far revealed that Hunter Biden traded on his family name during his business dealings. But the party has struggled to find key evidence that shows wrongdoing by Joe Biden, or that his actions as vice president or president were influenced by his family members.
A recent CNN poll showed that 55 percent of Americans surveyed think the president was involved in his son’s business dealings with Ukraine and China while he served as vice president, with one-third of Democrats saying so.