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Will MAGA GOP remove Speaker Johnson?

Apr 29

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The Republican Party’s public split between pro-MAGA and anti-MAGA camps now threatens to oust yet another speaker of the House, six months after the historic ousting of Speaker Kevin McCarthy last October. This time, it’s Speaker Mike Johnson’s job at stake, and the key issue at hand is the defense of Ukraine.

Straight Arrow News contributor David Pakman dives into the issues surrounding the GOP schism, where Trump stands on the possible ousting of yet another House speaker, and how Trump’s criminal trials may or may not impact any of this in the weeks and months ahead.

Some of you may or may not remember that Kevin McCarthy was the Republican Speaker of the House, and he was ousted by a combination of Democrats alongside some MAGA Republicans. They didn’t like Kevin McCarthy, and they successfully got rid of him, and they replaced him with MAGA Mike Johnson, who is nicknamed “MAGA Mike” because of his predilection and preference for all things MAGA. But all of a sudden, a few Republicans, including radical and repugnant Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, aren’t particularly happy with MAGA Mike Johnson. It relates to Ukraine funding and some other bones to pick that they have with him.

Of course, it is very risky for Republicans to again remove a speaker of the house, disunity could cause all sorts of chaos, their margin in the House is down to the slimmest it can possibly be. And they risk, if they alienate a few Republicans, even though they might maintain in a literal sense a majority, if just a few Republicans become so, what would you call it, resentful of what these MAGA Republicans have done, if just a few Republicans decide “I’m going to abstain from any more votes, or maybe I’ll even join Democrats” [then] you effectively make Democratic Congressman Hakeem Jeffries the Speaker of the House, and you turn over effective control to Democrats. So there is real risk here to Republicans ousting MAGA Mike Johnson.

Will they or won’t they? What is going on with some Republicans already wanting to get rid of their second speaker of the house? magam Mike Johnson? Well, let’s discuss it. Donald Trump recently weighed in on it. And there are many considerations. So some of you may or may not remember that Kevin McCarthy was the Republican Speaker of the House, and he was ousted by a combination of Democrats, alongside some Magga. Republicans. They didn’t like Kevin McCarthy, and they successfully got rid of him, and they replaced him with Maga, Mike Johnson, who is nicknamed Maga, Mike, because of his predilection and preference for all things. Magga. But all of a sudden, a few Republicans, including radical and repugnant, Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, aren’t particularly happy with maghemite Johnson, it relates to Ukraine funding and some other bones to pick that they have with him. Of course, it is very risky for Republicans to again, remove a speaker of the house, disunity could cause all sorts of chaos, their margin in the house is down to the slimmest it can possibly be. And they risk if they alienate a few Republicans, even though they might maintain in a literal sense, a majority, if just a few Republicans become so what would you call it? Resentful of what these Maga Republicans have done if just a few Republicans decide I’m going to abstain from any more votes, or maybe I’ll even join Democrats. You effectively make Democratic Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, the Speaker of the House, and you turn over effective control to Democrats. So there is real risk here to Republicans ousting Maga Mike Johnson, then the question is, Who do you go with? Is there anyone that would satisfy these Magga Republicans at this point in time, so as a show of solidarity, I guess you would say, and to try to stem the chaos. Recently, maghemite Johnson flew down to mar a Lago net with Donald Trump, they held a joint press conference during which they were all buddy, buddy, and everything was great, and everything was lovely. But did it really convince anybody that there is unity here, more recently, Donald Trump was asked on a real America’s voice program about his view on the entire Mac of Mike Johnson and the fact that some Republicans want to get rid of the guy. And Trump took essentially the same approach that he took on the Arizona law, which is I kind of don’t care as long as it’s good for me and vote for me and we need Republicans to maintain control. The impression I got from what Trump said, was that Trump if it weren’t for the slimmest of slim margins in the house, and the possibility that Trump may need the house to make him president depending on what goes on. If it weren’t for Trump’s personal stake, and whatever’s good for me is all I care about. Trump would be more open to getting rid of Maga Mike Johnson, but Trump recognizes that that is not the situation. It is potentially a complex situation, he may need Maga, Mike, he may need Republicans in the House, depending on what happens in November, he may need the next Congress to make him president in one of these send it back to the States scenarios. So Trump is keeping his mouth shut, and sort of taking it on the on the one hand, on the other hand approach with Trump, it’s always what’s good for me, and what can I justify? So where do I think this is going to go? My prediction is that Republicans do not get rid of maghemite Johnson, I believe that they are going to ultimately realize that it is at their own potential peril, they potentially destroy themselves if they get rid of him. And I don’t think that they are going to do it. I’m curious to hear from you. And then more importantly, or maybe as importantly, we still have the open question. If the convictions of Trump start to drop in criminal trials, will we hear more elected Republicans say this is now too much? We really should not have a convicted felon as President of the United States. And will this influence Republican voters as well, I genuinely do not know the answer. There are two views on this. One view is all of the disastrous effect of these trials is baked in already. It’s possible. The counterpoint, and it’s one you can see reflected in some polling is that if you ask people, do you plan to vote for Trump, you get one number. If you ask people, would you still vote for Trump? If you were convicted, you get a way lower number. And what that suggests is that there is a significant portion of this electorate that If Trump were to be indicted would change from saying I will vote Trump to I won’t vote Trump in an election that almost certainly we’ll come down to somewhere under half a million votes across five or fewer states. At the end of the day, small shifts in the electorate like that could make all the difference so let me know what you expect in terms of maghemite Johnson let me know what you expect If Trump were to be convicted of a topic and a story that I’ll keep talking about.

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