Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) reaffirmed an earlier pledge to nominate President Donald Trump as Speaker of the House after this year’s midterm elections during a rally Saturday evening in Commerce, Georgia.
Gaetz told the enthusiastic crowd that he was asking voters to help Republicans take back the House majority, fire Nancy Pelosi, and impeach Joe Biden. He said that if the GOP retakes control of the House, he would nominate Trump for the Speakership.
Gaetz has been rallying Republicans around the promise to nominate Trump since at least last July at a rally in Sarasota. At that time promised that he would support Trump for Speaker at the same time that the GOP “sends Nancy Pelosi back to the fifth of San Francisco.”
The U.S. Constitution does not require the Speaker of the House to be a sitting Representative in the House. The Speaker acts as the presiding officer of the House, and sets the agenda for proceedings on the House floor. The Speaker follows the Vice President in the line of succession if the President leaves office for any reason.
The rally in Commerce, northeast of Atlanta, gave Trump an opportunity to campaign for the slate of candidates he has endorsed for this year’s midterm elections in the state.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) spoke at the rally and defended her right to run against a group that is challenging her ability to appear on the ballot this year because of allegations about her role in the protests at the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021.
Greene told the crowd that the “nasty people in Washington” hate them because they hate President Trump and are now attempting to take away their right to vote by trying to remove her from the ballot. The claims alleging that Greene is not eligible to run are based on a novel interpretation of the 14th Amendment arguing that she “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the U.S.
The time leading up to this fall’s elections will be filled with legal and political controversy about Greene’s candidacy, and a potential impeachment of Joe Biden after the new House is seated. If Republicans retake control and Gaetz follows through on nominating Trump as Speaker, that process is likely to overshadow every other dispute, as Trump truly still commands the undivided attention of Democrats and the complicit corporate media.