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Would House Speaker Mike Johnson’s Potential Resignation Spell Doom for Congress?

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Would House Speaker Mike Johnson’s Potential Resignation Spell Doom for Congress?

Would House Speaker Mike Johnson’s Potential Resignation Spell Doom for Congress?

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Marjorie Taylor Greene is not the most liked politician, even among her peers. She has been known for her extremist views, backing antisemitic and white supremacist rhetorics, including the white genocide conspiracy theory, QAnon, and Pizzagate.

She has made headlines again because she has it out for Speaker Mike Johnson. Greene will try to oust him from his position, making it the second time a speaker has been evicted in a row. Many are worried about the precedence this will set for the future, but some agree with her. 

Greene's Threat

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The polarizing Republican has not liked how Johnson has handled things as a speaker. She believes he is a threat, and about a month ago, she started the motion for his resignation. Some did not expect her to go that far, but now it is obvious she is. Greene is expected to activate her motion next week, after which the lower chamber of Congress will have two days to consider it.

Why Greene Is Against Speaker Johnson

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Greene seems to be doing this out of concern for the Republican party. She claims that Johnson has become someone else entirely since he became Speaker, and she is convinced their party will never have a House majority as long as he remains in that post. 

Wavering Support

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Initially, fellow Republican Thomas Massie touted himself as a supporter of Greene’s proposal. However, he seems to believe her attempt to oust Johnson will fail and has said as much. Massie has been a member of Congress since his victory over Bill Adkins in the 2012 general election. He is the United States representative for the 4th congressional district of Kentucky.

Why Some Think Johnson Should Go

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Greene is pushing for his exit, but there are other members of Congress who also believe Johnson needs to be removed. Some far-right Republicans like Greene think this has to happen because Johnson is too invested in foreign policy matters. A good example is how he funded a bill to provide aid to Ukraine, an action that put him in the bad books of radical Republicans.

What the Democrats’ Believe

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It does not happen often, but it seems Democrats are supporting Johnson this time. Never mind that he is a Republican with polarizing views almost similar to Greene’s. But it’s because they are looking at the bigger picture. According to Democrat Jared Moskowitz, Greene’s proposal will not get support from them because he believes it would set a dangerous precedent, making it seem trivial to remove any speaker in the future. 

Johnson Will Need the Democrats

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Johnson, whose bid for Speaker of the House was endorsed by former U.S. President Donald Trump, is working to pass his foreign aid package. Now that it is clear that many Republicans do not support it, he will need help from the Democrats to pass it. 

Where the Republicans’ Priorities Lie

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Many, including Johnson, are focused on the state of the US’s allies, especially Israel and Ukraine. House Republicans think he should be paying more attention to the security at the US-Mexico border, but they say he has instead been diverting attention and budgeting away from the issue. This he does, neglecting that it has been their top priority coming into the election year.

If Greene Succeeds

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Though unlikely, if Greene can get Johnson ousted, he will become the second speaker removed in history. The first speaker who got ousted was Kevin McCarthy, who was removed last October. However, he held the post far longer than Johnson, who would have only had the job for six months. McCarthy was the U.S. Representative for California’s 20th congressional district from 2007 until 2023 when he returned from his duties. 

Trouble In Paradise

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The lack of support behind Greene’s proposed motion proves that the Republican party is still divided. Many are still licking the wounds from McCarthy’s expulsion last year. His removal also spotlighted the infighting among the Republicans, which meant the new majority could barely function for three weeks.

McCarthy’s Downfall

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A bill that included large spending cuts and strict border policies triggered McCarthy’s fall from grace. Many criticized it for being insignificant and insufficient. 

Conclusion

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Johnson is also falling from grace because of his actions, but will Greene be able to get others to vote him out? It seems unlikely, but the impossible has been known to happen occasionally in politics.