For the first time in American history, the Republican party removed their House Speaker. These are historic times. Now the question is- who will replace the old Speaker?
President Donald J. Trump took a few minutes out of being persecuted in a New York courthouse at the hands of the highly diabolical Attorney General, Letita James – on Wednesday to tell the press that he is ready to help save the Republic by being Speaker of the House, if necessary:
“A lot of people have been asking me about becoming Speaker. I’m 40-50 points ahead in the presidential race, but if I can help them in the process of running, I’ll do it,” Trump said earlier on Wednesday.
What we know is that Kevin McCarthy is out as Speaker of the House, and there is an empty seat to fill.
And Trump, being the awesome showman that he is gave social media a thrill after his court day by posting a meme on social media a tease.
Donald Trump in an iconic red tie and red MAGA hat, and with the Speaker’s Gavel:
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Of course, Populists are confident that Trump will be a lot more pleasant to watch than the current speaker, Patrick McHenry who only has the job for one week until an election can take place:
As an update, Joe Biden is not happy. Biden says McCarthy’s removal as Speaker worries him because we might not be able to deliver the aid that we promised to Ukraine, blames “extreme MAGA Republicans”
See TWEET for those comments by Biden.
The media is hysterical at the idea and looking everywhere for evidence that their worst nightmare wont come true.
From the Hill, there is some relief in Rule 26.
A handful of Republicans have floated the possibility of electing former President Trump as the next House Speaker, but that may not be possible under current GOP House conference rules.
“Rule 26” started trending on X — the platform previously known as Twitter — shortly after Republicans started talking about backing Trump to replace former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who was ousted from his leadership position Tuesday afternoon. Many users pointed out that since the former president is under numerous felony indictments, he may not be able to serve in Republican leadership based on this rule.
While the House Speaker is not required to be a sitting member of Congress, it is still highly unlikely that Trump could garner enough House Republican votes to actually become speaker.
Here’s what to know about the rule.
What is Rule 26?
Rule 26 is included in the House Republican Conference Rules of the 118th Congress, which was approved in January.
It states that a “member of the Republican Leadership shall step aside if indicted for a felony for which a sentence of two or more years imprisonment may be imposed.”
According to Rule 2, the Speaker is included in the definition of leadership alongside the Republican leader, the Republican whip, the chair of the Republican conference, the chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, the chair of the Committee on Policy, the vice chair of the Republican conference and the secretary of the Republican conference.
Why do some say Trump can’t be speaker under the current rule?
The current rule suggests that Trump could not hold a role in Republican leadership, including the Speakership, since he has been indicted on numerous felony charges that can carry at least two years of imprisonment sentences.
But rules were meant to be changed.. right?
For more discussion on who will become Speaker-see our reporting about today’s War Room: