Trump Picks ‘Strong On Crime’ Lawmaker As McCarthy’s Replacement

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday revealed his preferred candidate for the Speaker of the House amid the ongoing race to replace Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) intensifies.

The former president announced his pick in a Truth Social post, endorsing House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) as McCarthy’s replacement. 

“Congressman Jim Jordan has been a STAR long before making his very successful journey to Washington, D.C., representing Ohio’s 4th Congressional District.” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “Respected by all, he is now Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. As President, I had the honor of presenting Jim with our Country’s highest civilian award, The Presidential Medal of Freedom. So much is learned from sports, and Jim was a master! While attending Graham High School, he won State Championships all four years, a rarity, and compiled an amazing 156-1 record. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jim became a two-time NCAA Division l Wrestling Champion. He won his 1985-86 NCAA Championship Matches in his weight class. Jim has a masters degree in Education from Ohio State University & a Law Degree from Capital University. He is STRONG on Crime, Borders, our Military/Vets, & 2nd Amendment. Jim, his wife, Polly, & family are outstanding – He will be a GREAT Speaker of the House, & has my Complete (and) Total Endorsement!”

News of Trump’s Jordan endorsement first broke when Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) sent out a social media post revealing that the former president will pick Jordan to replace McCarthy. 

“Just had a great conversation with President Trump about the Speaker’s race. He is endorsing Jim Jordan, and I believe Congress should listen to the leader of our party. I fully support Jim Jordan for Speaker of the House,” Nehls wrote on X, formally Twitter.

Rumors began circulating earlier this week that some House Republicans reached out to Trump to persuade him to put himself up as McCarthy’s replacement. Trump’s endorsement of Jordan has, however, ended those rumors. 

Rep. Harriet Hageman (R-WY), who described Jordan as the definition of a solid conservative and a truly effective leader, and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) have also shown their support for Jordan’s bid to be the next speaker.