Raskin Claims GOP Wants Trump as Speaker of the House


    Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) claimed Sunday on CBS's “Face the Nation” that the House Freedom Caucus was floating the idea of naming the former president Donald Trump as Speaker of the House.

    BRENNAN: The deniers of the election didn't win in the most crucial contest, however CBS recorded the result and at least 155 House Republicans within the newly elected Congress have raised doubts without basis about the integrity or validity in the 2020 presidential election. They will be your coworkers that you'll be working with. What changes are they going to have on the way?

    RASKIN: The author makes an admission of the political influence on the GOP by Donald Trump. And, as you've probably guessed, Kevin McCarthy and other members of The Republican Party are now required to make a choice about whether or not they'll attempt to get rid of Donald Trump and his toxic influence on the Republican Party.


    The 155 House Republicans are his constituents, Kevin McCarthy, if would like to become the House president, needs to take that into account,  

    RASKIN: Yes, it's an actual issue to Kevin McCarthy now, because there are a few Trump-supporters in his House caucus who refuse to believe that McCarthy is actually on board with Trump and are determined to eliminate McCarthy. There are some who- they have names that are very young in the alphabet such as Biggs, they might even choose Trump at the time they have to answer the roll call to be Speaker, so we know that the hard-right Freedom Caucus people are seeking a different candidate. One candidate who has been mentioned has been Donald Trump himself, because the Speaker of the House is not required to be an elected member in the House. The talk is about the possibility of putting Trump directly there.

    BRENNAN: The answer is not an option that's actually viable, however.

    RASKIN: They discuss it frequently. If Trump is determined to go along with it, this would create an enormous problem for their political party, because they're unwilling to take the proper action. In the beginning – and I mean the present, it looks like the spell has been broken. It's begun to dissolve. There aren't any Republicans all over the nation claiming that they actually won, when it's been confirmed that they were unable to win their elections. But there's the “Big Lie” dogma, that, as you put it, is embraced by 150 members of their caucus. This is likely to cause profound mental and political dissonance within the GOP. Are they really Trump's supporters? Does it mean something different? Then Liz Cheney, and Adam Kinzinger will make it clear and make it difficult for Republicans to make a decision.

    BRENNAN: Do you want to ask President Biden and his White House to comply with all of these House Republican investigations that were promised to the president?

    RASKIN: Well, evidently everyone must follow the law, which is what the law you know. We'd like to think that they feel ashamed by the people of America who reacted with historic disapproval. It's true, they were talking about gaining 40, 50, and 60 seats. We, the Democrats, might actually be able to win the House in the same way as yesterday when we won the Senate. This is a rebuke of this type of right-wing “Big Lie,” election-denying character assassination tactics which Donald Trump brought right to the core of the Republican Party.


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