The Republican Party of the United States chose this Tuesday Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnsonfamous ‘Trumpist’, as his candidate for president of the United States House of Representatives and just hours after the withdrawal of Minnesota lawmaker Tom Emmer, who was elected the same day.
Johnson was elected by 85 votes in favor, ahead of the runner-up, Byron Donalds, with 32; He was followed by Mark Green with 23 votes, Roger Williams with 21 and Chuck Fleischmann with ten, as published by the American network CNN.
In addition, 34 additional votes were cast for other persons who were not included in the list of candidates. 33 of these ended in Kevin McCarthy, fired in early October by hard-line Republicansand one for Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, who previously failed to win enough vote support to preside over the House.
The Republican majority in the House does not guarantee that Johnson will have the 217 votes needed for his election, because the Republican Party has shown a great lack of consensus in the last three weeks when it comes to choosing a successor. said McCarthy.
Indeed, Lack of support was the main reason for Emmer’s rejection of his newly acquired candidacy, thus joining the leader of the Republican majority in the United States House of Representatives, Steve Scalise, and the Republican representative of Ohio, Jim Jordan, who also did not get enough votes.
The House Speaker has been vacant since McCarthy was ousted from office in early October. after a motion of censure presented by the hard wing of his own party, accusing him of acting in the service of the Democratic Party.
This sector is made up of congressmen like Marjorie Taylor Greene or Matt Gaetz, who seeks a more frontal policy against the Democrats and the president, Joe Biden, and accuses the leadership of the Republican Party of speeding up the steps of the Government.
Other voices are more critical of the situation and consider that the Republican Party is stuck in a conflict where only former President Donald Trump can be “the answer,” as Texas representative Tory Nehls pointed out.