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What Mike Johnson said about Donald Trump

What Mike Johnson said about Donald Trump

Republicans have named Rep. Mike Johnson, Donald Trump’s top ally, as their latest nominee for House speaker, replacing former majority whip nominee Tom Emmer after just a few hours.

In the latest example of the chaos surrounding the GOP’s attempts to replace Kevin McCarthy, who was ousted as speaker more than three weeks ago, lower house Republicans on Tuesday selected two lawmakers to run for office. presidency of the House, in the space of a few hours. .

Emmer, who is one of only two Republican lawmakers running for Speaker of the House of Representatives who did not vote to object to the certification of the 2020 election results, dropped out of the race after he became clear that he would not get enough support from his party either. party to get the 217 needed in a vote in the full House. Emmer’s decision to end his bid for Speaker of the House also came after Trump issued a scathing statement saying that “voting for a globalist RINO (Republican in name only) like Tom Emmer would be a tragic mistake! “

In a follow-up vote Tuesday, House Republicans voted to replace Emmer with Johnson, a staunch Trump supporter who took steps to overturn the results of the 2020 election won by President Joe Biden. It remains to be seen whether Johnson will suffer the same fate as Reps. Emmer, Steve Scalise and Jim Jordan in failing to secure nearly unanimous support from his own party to get elected Speaker of the House.

Mike Johnson (R-LA) speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 24, 2023. Johnson won an internal party vote just hours after the previous candidate, Majority Whip Tom Emmer, collapsed under a backlash led by former President Donald Trump and announced his withdrawal.
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Johnson, 51, a lawyer, was long a close ally of Trump during his time in Congress, including serving on the former president’s legal defense team during his two Senate impeachment trials.

The Louisiana congressman was one of 147 House Republicans who voted against certifying the 2020 election results in favor of Biden on January 6, 2021.

In a November 7, 2020 post on Twitter, now called X, Johnson said he called Trump after Biden was declared the winner of the election and told the former president: “Stay strong and keep fighting, sir ! The nation depends on your determination. “We must exhaust all available legal remedies to restore Americans’ confidence in the fairness of our election system.”

In December 2020, Johnson also rallied his fellow House Republicans to sign an amicus brief supporting a Texas lawsuit that would have invalidated election results in the key swing states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia, that Biden won in 2020.

“President Trump called me this morning to let me know how much he appreciates the amicus brief we are filing on behalf of the Members of Congress,” Johnson posted on bigger !’

In June 2022, Johnson denounced the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack, accusing the proceedings of being “nothing more than the third impeachment of Donald Trump.”

Johnson, vice chairman of the House Republican Conference, also defended Trump as the former president faced criminal charges in four separate investigations.

In March 2023, as Trump faced charges of falsifying business records in New York, Johnson posted on funded by Soros and ignoring violent crimes, was falsely indicting former President Donald Trump.

“This unprecedented militarization of our justice system is as brazen as it is dangerous. The left now knows no bounds. We will continue to fight 24 hours a day to expose and defeat their evil agenda and restore the rule of law.”

Even before supporting attempts to not certify the 2020 election results, Johnson emphasized how far he had risen through the ranks to become a Republican well-liked by Trump.

“It’s surreal; when I call him, he calls back a few hours later,” Johnson said while on the campaign trail with the New Hampshire president in 2020, USA Today reported. “I believe he now considers me a trusted ally.”

However, there were times when Johnson spoke out against the former president.

In a December 2020 interview, Johnson said Trump must “exhaust” all legal options to try to support baseless claims of voter fraud in order to ensure confidence in future elections.

Asked by Robert Doar, president of the American Enterprise Institute, whether Trump should admit that he lost the last election so that voters can have confidence in the constitutional process, Johnson replied: “He has to do, there is no doubt about it.

“But the only question is: When is the appropriate time? Is it now? Or are you waiting until the final matter is resolved?”

In 2017, Johnson also voted against the Republican Party’s originally planned replacement of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, because it was “drawn haphazardly.”

“The last thing I imagined when I got elected was that I would have to say no to the president on his first major bill,” Johnson said at the time.