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October 18, 2023

Trump Predicts That Jim Jordan Will Soon Become House Speaker

Former President Donald Trump stated that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) will soon become the next Speaker of the House.

Trump shared his prediction during his time at the New York courthouse where he was sitting in on his case in Manhattan.

“I think he’s going to be confirmed sometime soon,” Trump said from a New York City courthouse.

“As you know, many people have now supported him. Twenty-four hours ago, he was supporting somebody else. There seems to be great unification," he added.

"200 House Republicans voted for Jordan on the first ballot," according to Axios.

"But 20 Republicans voted against him, including votes for McCarthy, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Ind.) and House Rules Committee Chair Tom Cole (R-Okla.), among others," it noted.

Jordan needs a majority of 217 votes to win, meaning that he can only lose three votes from Republicans and still be victorious. The battle to win over 17 more Republicans may prove challenging for Jordan or any other Republican seeking to serve in the leadership role.

Some have predicted that if Jordan cannot secure the votes, a deal will have to be made with Democrats to secure a victory.

The division also shows Republicans as weak during a time when election attacks have begun to build against GOP House members for 2024. Republicans have already been criticized for removing Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as speaker after a push by far-right conservative Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

The former president's support may be a boost of confidence but nothing is certain yet when it comes to confirming the House's next speaker.

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