In a recent interview on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut,” Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) expressed strong reservations about Rep. Jim Jordan’s (R-OH) candidacy for the position of House speaker, following his unsuccessful bid in the first round of voting.
Pelosi didn’t mince her words, calling Jordan’s candidacy “appalling” and highlighting her concerns about the direction House Republicans seemed to be taking. She asserted that House Republicans showed a lack of interest in ensuring a peaceful transfer of power and were in denial about the election results.
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Pelosi was particularly critical of the events that transpired on the day of the Capitol breach, describing it as a “horror” that resulted in violence and the desecration of the Capitol building, which she referred to as the “temple of democracy.”
In her own words: “And for all of the horror of that day, the violence, the desecration of the Capitol, this temple of democracy in the world, the violation of our Constitution, to have that day on the acceptance of the Electoral College vote. The whole thing, the assault on our democracy, after we went back to the Capitol, took the vote, overwhelmingly, the Republicans voted against accepting the results of the Electoral College. This person that they’re putting forth to be speaker of the House, it’s just appalling.”
Regarding Jordan’s nomination for speaker, Pelosi questioned his qualifications, stating that he lacked a significant legislative record.
“His big bill is to criminalize a woman’s right to choose with no exceptions, with no exceptions—the harshest possible position. Again, not accepting the results of the election but voting. Again, you see these people voting for him when he voted against disaster assistance when fires came to the area when storms and hurricanes,” she added.
Pelosi went on to point out that some Republicans were voting against their constituents’ interests by supporting Jordan’s candidacy, suggesting that their allegiance to the instigator of the Capitol insurrection, Donald Trump, might be a motivating factor.
Pelosi concluded her remarks by emphasizing the gravity of the situation, stating, “The public has to understand what is at stake. Our democracy is at stake.”
Jordan faced a significant setback in his bid for House speaker, losing 20 Republican votes during the first round of balloting. This loss has made it an uphill battle for him to secure the gavel.
After the vote, House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries weighed in on the situation, describing Jordan as “the poster child for MAGA extremism” and asserting that he posed a “clear and present danger to our democracy.”
He then hinted at the possibility of formal discussions gaining momentum now that Jordan’s lack of support for the speakership has become evident.