Former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) claimed that if her party decides to vote for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to replace Kevin McCarthy as House speaker, then they cannot be relied on to “defend the constitution.” Cheney was the chief Republican who sat on the House January 6th Committee and led efforts to have former President Donald Trump investigated for the violence that occurred on the Capitol. Following McCarthy’s ouster from the speakership earlier this week, Jordan and Majority Whip Steve Scalise have become the likely successors.
Trump took to Truth Social on Friday morning to post a fawning endorsement of Jordan, writing to his followers that he will be “a GREAT Speaker of the House and has my complete and total endorsement!” The former Wyoming representative blasted Jordan, claiming he knew what Trump had planned for January 6th. “Jim Jordan knew more about what Donald Trump had planned for January 6th than any other member of the House of Representatives,” Cheney said during a speech at the University of Minnesota. “If the Republicans decide that Jim Jordan should be the Speaker of the House… And, by the way, I don’t think that’s going to happen.
I think he’ll lose,” she added. “But if they were to decide that there would no longer be any possible way to argue that a group of elected Republicans could be counted on to defend the Constitution,” Previously, before endorsing the Ohio lawmaker, Trump had offered to step in temporarily as the new speaker until the GOP could rally behind a leader and govern in Congress with a consensus.