Democratic Congressman Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania introduced a bill on Monday that would bar non-members of the United States House of Representatives from becoming Speaker.
The “Mandating That Being an Elected Member Be an Essential Requirement for Speakership Act” was created in part to prevent Republican lawmakers who still support former President Donald Trump from potentially electing him as Speaker if the GOP regains a majority in the House in the 2022 midterm elections. Although this idea has been floating around in MAGA circles for many weeks, Trump has stated that he has no interest in the job. Whether that outweighs his pathological need for adulation – and his wet dream of a relatively effortless path back into power – remains to be seen.
“Well, I’ve heard the talk and it’s getting more and more,” Trump said in a June interview with Real America’s Voice, a leading conservative propaganda oulet. “But it’s not something that I would’ve considered but it is certainly — there’s a lot of talk about it. I have a good relationship with [House Minority Leader] Kevin [McCarthy of California] and hopefully we will do everything traditionally. But the election was a horrible, horrible thing for our country.”
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President Donald Trump responds to the idea of him becoming Speaker of the House in 2022 today on The Water Cooler with @DBrodyReports
— Real America's Voice (RAV) (@RealAmVoice) June 21, 2021
Nevertheless, Boyle specifically mentioned Trump in a statement on his congressional website after unveiling the MEMBERS Act.
“The Speaker of the U.S. House is second in the United States presidential line of succession. That Donald Trump’s name would even be tossed around as a potential speaker in the people’s house, should serve as an alarm bell that our current requirements need to be amended in the name of protecting our nation and our democracy. As such, our laws should mandate that the Speaker be a member of the U.S. House,” he said. “This legislation would establish that mandate in very clear and direct language, and it would serve as a check against those who would seek to undermine and derogate the authority and responsibilities of the Speaker’s office.”
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