Suggesting that Donald Trump be installed as Speaker of the House if Republicans win control of the chamber next year, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows acknowledged that “people will go crazy.”
Its incendiary nature aside, such a move would actually be fine by the Constitution. The Speaker of the House is not required to be a member of the House, only elected by the body.
As stated in Article 1, Section 2, Clause 5 of the Constitution: “The House of Representatives shall elect” [sic] their president and other officers. ,
No non-member has ever been elected speaker, although some have received votes, including Colin Powell, Stacey Abrams, Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Tammy Duckworth.
In July, after Trump expressed interest in the idea that he could be speaker, Representative Brendan Boyle (D-Penn.) introduced a motion amending the rules so that the role could only go to a member of the House. Is. No action has been taken on that yet.
Support for Meadows’ idea came Thursday on a podcast hosted by Trump aide Steve Bannon. “I would love to see Gavel go from Nancy Pelosi to Donald Trump,” he said. “You talk about melting, people will go crazy.”
Matt Getz’s podcast the same day, Meadows explicitly criticized the current leadership of House Republicans, headed by Kevin McCarthy.
“They’re not skating where the puck is. And so I’ll give them a grade of ‘D’,” Meadows said. “I believe on this strategy and tactics – listen, you Democrats need to take a tough vote. You need to make sure you don’t throw them in the white towel when you catch them on the ropes. “
Meadows, a Republican from North Carolina, was serving in the House before Trump elected her his top aide in 2020 and remains a high-profile Trump loyalist.
His remarks underscore rising tensions in the Republican Party less than a year before the midterm election.
McCarthy, an eight-term congressman from Bakersfield, is facing heat from both his party and Democrats in recent episodes in Washington, including criticism by some Republicans who want their leader to be more than a dozen House Republicans. Punish those who voted for a bipartisan infrastructure bill that would repair roads and bridges and expand access to broadband.
Democrats rebuked McCarthy for her decision not to condemn Rep. after an Arizona Republican posted a photoshopped video on Twitter.
Some have considered this criticism the inspiration for McCarthy’s 8½-hour speech on the floor of the House, which delayed voting on the Democrats’ domestic policy bill. Declaring himself “angry”, he tried on the role of heir to Trump’s legacy, apparently trying to bolster his claim on the title of speaker, after John Boehner resigned in 2015.
Former Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich, who served for a time in the House and ran against Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” later Thursday that Meadows’ comments were “just so crazy . “
“It looks like he’s still running the Republican Party,” Kasich said of Trump. “Whether he remains in terms of the pinnacle of his power remains to be seen. I hope we wake up.”