After Backing McCarthy, Trump Or These House Republicans Could Replace Him

The race to replace former House Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) kicked off with two prominent House Republicans, who voted to keep McCarthy, joining the race. 

House Majority Leader Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) announced on Wednesday that he will be vying for the office of the speaker.

“It is with a strong sense of responsibility and purpose that I seek the House Republican Conference’s nomination for Speaker of the House,” Scalise wrote in a letter. 

Scalise, who is now the second highest-ranking House Republican behind Speaker Pro Tem Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), served as the Republican Whip for almost a decade and is the former Chairman of the Republican Conservative Committee (RSC). 

While Scalise is the favorite to replace McCarthy, fears about the state of his health could however pose a grave challenge to his speakership. According to Breitbart News, Scalise’s ongoing health issues and cancer treatment may be a factor in the minds of some of his colleagues, although many of his colleagues praised his entry into the race.

Chairman of The House Judiciary Committee Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has also signified his intention to run for speaker. Jordan —who is currently leading President Joe Biden’s impeachment inquiry— sent a letter to his Republican colleague, asking for their support. 

“We are at a critical crossroads in our nation’s history,” Jordan wrote in the letter. “ Now is the time for our Republican conference to come together to keep our promises to Americans. The problems we face are challenging, but they are not insurmountable. We can focus on the changes that improve the country and unite us in offering real solutions. But no matter what we do, we must do it together as a conference. I respectfully ask for your support for Speaker of the House of Representatives.”

In what could be an interesting turn of events, former President Donald Trump could likely join the race. Rumors began circulating that the former president could join the race after some House Republicans tapped him up for the role of speaker.

Trump responded to those rumors on Tuesday, saying that he would do whatever is necessary to help the country and the Republican party. 

“A lot of people have asked me about it [the speakership race],” Trump said. “I’ll do whatever it is to help, but my total focus is being president and honestly making America great again — because we are living in a country in decline. This is a country that’s failing badly. We are not respected in the world. Interest rates are through the roof. Taxes are through the roof… but whatever I can do to help with regards to speaker, I’ll do.”