Speaker Johnson (R-LA) is and has been on thin ice since the end of the year.
Johnson made several moves that Freedom Caucus members were not happy about, but they gave him some slack because of the situation when he first took over.
Now with some time under his belt and a clear understanding of what the caucus wants, Johnson continues to go about business as usual, which apparently led to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) threatening Johnson with a motion to vacate.
Here We Go Again
MTG recently appeared on Steve Bannon’s show, where Bannon was looking for clarification on where Johnson stood with the caucus.
Rep. Greene was quite open about the fact that she was not supporting the new spending bill as it is written, and she has also warned Johnson that he is on very thin ice.
She stated, “Well, I just have had meetings with him yesterday and today since I was on your show yesterday, Steve, um, and my meeting with him yesterday and many other members of Congress, I let Speaker Johnson know that in no way, shape and form will I support any type of CR.
“We aren’t continuing Nancy’s budget, Nancy Pelosi’s budget, and that if he moves forward with a separate deal, trading our border security, weakening H.R. Two in exchange for $60 billion to Ukraine. I told him yesterday in his office that I would vacate the chair, that that is absolutely unacceptable.”
Greene is a hardline Trump supporter, so you know she has been discussing this with the former president.
What amazes me on this front is that Johnson was Trump’s guy heading into his election for Speaker.
Trump initially wanted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) as the Speaker, but when Jordan failed to get enough support, Trump singled out Johnson while not outright endorsing him.
Even so, it was clear that Trump liked Johnson, who had written an amicus brief for Trump to support Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s election case.
While Trump congratulated Johnson after his election as Speaker, Trump has been fairly quiet about Johnson since the debate started between the Freedom Caucus and the Speaker on the upcoming spending bill.