In a recent statement, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for a “backlash” against Republican Representative Matt Gaetz and other “extremists” in the House GOP. Clinton believes that Gaetz and his allies do not represent a majority of the Republican Party and the country as a whole. She urged someone to stand up and say “Enough!” to the control that this small group of extremists has.
Clinton also expressed her hope that whoever becomes the new speaker of the House will lead this backlash against the extremists. President Donald Trump recently endorsed Rep. Jim Jordan in his bid for the speakership. Trump praised Jordan’s accomplishments and qualities, such as being respected by all and having a strong stance on crime, borders, the military/veterans, and the Second Amendment.
.@Liz_Cheney: “If the Republicans decide that Jim Jordan should be the Speaker of the House…There would no longer be any possible way to argue that a group of elected Republicans could be counted on to defend the Constitution.” pic.twitter.com/Li4BeDgKes
— Republican Accountability (@AccountableGOP) October 5, 2023
However, not everyone is in favor of Jordan becoming the speaker. Liz Cheney stated that if Jordan is elected, it would undermine the idea that Republicans can be counted on to defend the Constitution. This division within the party highlights the ongoing power struggle and differing visions for the future of the Republican Party.
In a recent vote, the House voted to remove Kevin McCarthy as speaker by a narrow margin of 216-210. This comes after Gaetz spearheaded the motion to vacate the chair, with eight Republicans joining House Democrats in supporting it. Amidst all the chaos, there are even calls for former President Donald Trump to become the next speaker. Representative Nehls announced his intention to nominate Trump for the speakership, referring to him as the greatest president of his lifetime who put America first.
The House is now in a state of flux, with McCarthy stepping down and the speakership race heating up. It remains to be seen who will ultimately take the leadership position and how the party will move forward in the face of internal divisions and external pressures.