[guest post by Dana]
Sure, why not. Crazy is as crazy does:
Texas Rep. Troy Nehls said in a statement Tuesday afternoon his first order of business when the House reconvenes “will be to nominate Donald J. Trump for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.”
“President Trump, the greatest President of my lifetime, has a proven record of putting America First and will make the House great again,” he said.
Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., followed suit in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Tuesday evening: “@realDonaldTrump for Speaker.”
Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Troy Nehls (R-Texas) have been the most vocal proponents of electing Trump to the speakership, with the former saying Trump is the “only candidate” she is supporting at the moment, and the latter vowing to nominate him.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who introduced the measure to dethrone McCarthy, has also said that “’Speaker Trump’ has a great ring to it.”
While a speaker does not have to be a current sitting member in the House, Trump may be ineligible because of Rule 26 (from the House Republican Conference Rules of the 118th Congress):
A member of the Republican Leadership shall step aside if indicted for a felony for which a sentence of two or more years’ imprisonment may be imposed.
So, is Trump interested in the position?
“Lot of people have been calling me about speaker, all I can say is we’ll do whatever is best for the country and for the Republican Party…My focus is totally on [the presidency]. If I can help them during the process, I’ll do it. But we have some great people in the Republican Party that could do a great job as speaker,” Trump said.
Of course he’s interested…
If Trump becomes Speaker of the House, the House chamber will be like a Trump rally everyday!!
It would be the House of MAGA!!!
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) October 5, 2023
P.S. Only House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Republican Rep. Jim Jordan have announced that they are running for the speaker of the House.