Former president Donald Trump aspires to run for re-election and contribute to national governance with a Republican legislative majority. However, he is cautious of the potential risks following a historic first last week, when a minority of Republicans defected to the Democrats in support of removing Republican Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) from the speakership.
However, during an interview with Just the News, the 45th president offered a strategic plan for achieving future triumphs.
“Two words: united and strong,” Trump stated to John Solomon of Just the News during the Association of Mature American Citizens 2024 presidential election town hall series.
“We need stronger people. We have such power and we don’t use it. But the Democrats use that power. And they use it very horribly into weaponization and things that nobody has ever seen outside of a banana republic,” he added.
According to Just The News:
The former president was referring to what he and others consider the politicization of federal agencies such as the FBI and Justice Department and a so-called “two-tiered system of justice” in which certain people are prosecuted, and others are not, depending on their religious or political affiliation.
Next week, the House is expected to elect a new speaker after California GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy was ousted Wednesday from the post by eight ultra-right Republican House members in a full floor vote.
During the concluding days of the preceding week, President Trump endorsed Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, as a candidate for the position of House Speaker. For this position, Jordan is presently in competition with House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.).
“Jim is a fantastic person,” Trump said. “He’s got a tremendous career. He’s always been tough at what he did.”
“I think he’ll do well,” Trump added about Jordan. “I hope he does well. He’s got competition, as you understand, and they’re friendly with me too …. very nice people and good people. We’ll see what happens.”
In the immediate aftermath of the House of Representatives’ choice to vacate former Speaker McCarthy’s seat, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), a reliable associate of the aforementioned California Republican, was designated as the interim speaker.
“The speaker pro tempore is imbued with all the powers of an elected speaker of the House. McCarthy hand-picked McHenry (R-N.C.) for this role when he was elected speaker in January. The pro tempore is kept as a secret, held by the clerk of the House, until a speaker is removed or incapacitated, a process designed after Sept. 11, 2001, to ensure continuity of government,” Politico reported.
McCarthy was ultimately removed by a vote of 216 to 210, which was supported by eight Republicans who allied with all present Democrats in opposition.
“This is the first time that [the] temporary replacement process has ever been carried out, following a speaker being forced out. As an acting speaker, McHenry is not in the line of succession for the presidency. Just like any acting Cabinet secretary, McHenry would be skipped,” the outlet continued.
In January, McHenry, a close friend and confidant of McCarthy, played a pivotal role in mediating conflicts among House Republican factions and securing the necessary votes to secure McCarthy’s election as Speaker. Furthermore, Politico reported that he was instrumental in McCarthy and President Joe Biden’s negotiations regarding the debt ceiling. This action provoked disapproval from conservative factions within the GOP conference and contributed to their endeavor to remove McCarthy from his position as speaker.
NBC News provided an update on what to expect to happen next:
Since 2003, House rules have required the speaker to submit a list of names to the clerk of members to act in the case of his or her vacancy. According to Rule I, clause 8 of the House rules, the next person on that list “shall act as Speaker pro tempore until the election of a Speaker or a Speaker pro tempore.” We now know that’s Patrick McHenry; he’ll take over as speaker in an acting capacity.
This is a different situation than in January, when the House started a new session and could not start any legislative business until a speaker was elected. Because it was the beginning of a new Congress, the House needed to elect a speaker in order to swear in members and pass the rules package.