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Jim Jordan says death threats made in his name are ‘abhorrent’


Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio condemned “heinous” threats made against Republicans who did not support his bid for House speaker.

Jordan, who failed to gain enough support from his own party to replace Kevin McCarthy as House speaker for a second time on Wednesday, issued a statement after Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa said having received “credible death threats” for not supporting Jordan. for the role.

“No American should take on another for their beliefs,” Jordan wrote in a post Wednesday on X, formerly Twitter. “We condemn all threats against our colleagues and it is imperative that we come together. Stop. It is abhorrent.”

Miller-Meeks voted for Jordan in the first round of voting on Tuesday, but was one of 22 Republican lawmakers who opposed the Ohio congressman in the second round of voting to instead vote for Rep. Kay Granger of Texas, chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee. The alleged threats came after several House Republicans spoke out against apparent intimidation tactics by Jordan and his allies to pressure Republican lawmakers into supporting the D.C. congressman. Ohio for president.

Jordan received 199 votes in the latest vote, one fewer than in Tuesday’s poll and remains well short of the 217 votes needed to secure a majority in the House. the current impasse in the Lower House.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan walks down a hallway at the U.S. Capitol on October 18, 2023 in Washington, D.C. Jordan condemned alleged threats sent to Republicans who did not support his bid for president from the room.
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“Since voting for Speaker Granger, I have received credible death threats and a barrage of threatening calls,” Miller-Meeks said Wednesday. “The relevant authorities have been informed and my office is cooperating fully.

“One thing I can’t stand or support is a bully,” she added. “Someone who threatens someone else with bodily harm or attempts to suppress divergent opinions undermines the chances for unity and respect for freedom of expression.”

The offices of Miller-Meeks and Jim Jordan have been contacted for further comment via email.

Reports of alleged death threats against Miller-Meeks came after Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska, who twice voted for McCarthy to return to the office from which he was ousted, also spoke out against the threats anonymous, he said his wife, Angie Bacon, received in the middle of the House speaker’s vote.

Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper, the Nebraska congressman said the intimidation tactic did not “have the desired effect” in swaying his vote.

“If they think a pressure or intimidation campaign is going to work for me, that’s not the case,” Bacon said. “They were also calling my wife anonymously. She recorded some of them, and so it’s not true. Some people are so angry that they don’t care what boundaries they cross, but that’s not the case. isn’t right. We can love each other and still disagree.”

Screenshots of the texts sent to Angie Bacon were posted on social media by Politico reporter Olivia Beavers. One of the messages stated that if Rep. Bacon did not vote for Jordan, he would “never hold political office again.”

Another House Speaker vote will likely take place on Thursday, but it remains to be seen whether Jordan can secure enough votes from the Republican Party to be elected. Democrats are expected to continue to unanimously support Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, who once again received more votes than Jordan in Wednesday’s vote (212-199).

While Jordan managed to convince two House Republicans who didn’t originally support him to change their votes on Wednesday – Doug LaMalfa of California and Victoria Spartz of Indiana – there were four defectors in the runoff who had previously supported Ohio congressman: Miller-Meeks, Vern Buchanan of Florida, Drew Ferguson of Georgia and Pete Stauber of Minnesota.

After Tuesday’s vote, Republicans who did not support Jordan denounced what they described as the Ohio congressman’s strong-arm tactics, which had dissuaded some from supporting the hardline lawmaker.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, who has now voted twice for House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, the former GOP candidate who dropped out of the race as it became clear he would not win the necessary support from his own party, spoke out on Tuesday against Jordan and the tactics of his supporters.

“The one thing that will never work with me: If you try to pressure me, if you try to threaten me, then I will shut up,” Diaz-Balart said.

In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, Florida Rep. Byron Donalds, who voted for Jordan, said the pressure campaign mounted by other Republicans could have cost Jordan the first-round presidential vote. Bedroom.

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