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Taylor Greene Reveals She Will Only Vote For Trump As Speaker

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has laid down a political marker, of sorts, following the ouster of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) earlier this week by Democrats and a handful of Republicans.

MTG said she will only support former President Donald Trump to be the new speaker after some GOP members mentioned nominating him.

“The only candidate for Speaker I am currently supporting is President Donald J. Trump,” Greene wrote on X. “He has a proven 4 year record as President of the United States of America.”

She added:

He will end the war in Ukraine. He will secure the border. He will end the politically weaponized government. He will make America energy independent again. He will pass my bill to stop transgender surgeries on kids and keep men out of women’s sports. He will support our military and police. And so much more! He has a proven 4 year record as President of the United States of America. He received a record number of Republican votes of any Republican Presidential candidate! We can make him Speaker and then elect him President! He will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!

Several Republicans suggested on Wednesday that Trump could become the next Speaker of the House.

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On Tuesday, McCarthy became the first Speaker to be ousted in the history of the United States Congress. In a 216-210 vote, McCarthy was voted out thanks to an effort led by Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz and supported by several other Republicans and all present Democrats.

Soon after, McCarthy announced that he would not run again for the speakership. That led to Texas GOP Rep. Troy Nehls taking to X to nominate Trump.

“Kevin McCarthy will NOT be running again as Speaker. I nominate Donald J. Trump for Speaker of the House,” Nehls wrote on the social media platform.

Republican Reps. Greg Steube of Florida and Mike Collins of Georgia also tweeted their support for Trump to become Speaker.

The House Speaker does not have to be a sitting member of the House. In multiple rounds of the January vote, Gaetz advocated for and voted in favor of the 45th president being elected Speaker.

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This week, Trump has been in New York City for a civil trial pertaining to his business dealings. In the Republican primary for president, he is currently in first place.

Many Republicans in the House have said they are unsure of who will emerge as a candidate to replace McCarthy, so the chamber will be out of session until next week.

Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) have both tossed their hat into the ring to become the next Speaker.

During an interview on Fox’s “The Ingraham Angle” on Tuesday, Gaetz said his successful quest to oust McCarthy from the speakership wasn’t personal. Gaetz told host Laura Ingraham that he had “no personal animus” against the former speaker.

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After publicly sparring with McCarthy in January during the California congressman’s long road to the gavel, Gaetz criticized McCarthy on Tuesday for working with Democrats to avoid a government shutdown, among other things.

“This is a guy who was willing to partner with conservatives on the frivolous, but whenever there was a spending matter, he partnered with Democrats. That said, Speaker McCarthy’s time is over. I wish him well. I have no personal animus to him. I hope he finds fruitful pastures, and I’m certain he will,” Gaetz said.

“But we’ve got a job to do here. This is about…keeping the commitment to have single-subject spending bills,” Gaetz continued.

Ingraham responded to Gaetz with skepticism: “I’ve been doing this—with all due respect—for decades longer than you, okay? You’re a young guy. Continuing resolutions, the budget, the spending: it’s a total nightmare. But the fact of the matter is y’all don’t have the votes. You don’t have the margin to get from A to B to C.”

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