Republicans Have A Major House Speaker Problem

Office of Speaker Mike Johnson, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

( – Last week, Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) slammed any GOP House member who was considering backing the efforts to oust House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.). He continued by pointing out that the Louisiana Republican had been “very admirably” doing the job considering the circumstances they were in. 

During an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Armstrong stated that the reason he was supporting the Speaker was because he considered him to be a friend. He added that he believed he was taking on one of the hardest jobs in politics and that he was doing it incredibly well. 

He added that he recommended for any of his House colleagues who were considering looking for ways they oust him to remember in October and argued that they should not go through all that again, especially with the upcoming election cycle so close by. He added that there are a lot of things that they could campaign and achieve right now and that they should choose that instead of just throwing themselves into chaos. He continued by arguing that if they were successful with the ousting he could not see who would want that job at that point. 

Johnson is facing a major threat of being ousted from his position following Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) motion to vacate. On Tuesday, Rep. Thomas Massie (Ky.) became the first lawmaker to express support for Greene’s motion, pointing to Johnson’s handling of government funding, his intention to put Ukraine aid on the floor, and his reauthorization of the warrantless surveillance authority as reasoning for this decision.

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