This week saw an attempt by members of the House Freedom Caucus to make Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan speaker of the House.
Yet as Breitbart noted, Jordan himself made clear on Tuesday that he has no intention of taking the position.
The GOP lawmaker's declaration was made to a reporter who asked whether there was "any chance" of him becoming speaker.
Jim Jordan told me there’s “no” chance he will become House speaker. He won 20 votes on the last ballot pic.twitter.com/YC5ItaOC0X
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 3, 2023
"No, I'm being clear--I want to chair the judiciary committee," Jordan insisted. "You guys know, I like this ability to cross examine witnesses and get the truth for the country so that's what I'm focused on."
Fox News reported last week that Jordan excoriated the White House for its lack of transparency and pledged to hold it accountable upon becoming House Judiciary Committee chairman.
According to the network, Jordan was the one who nominated McCarthy for speaker on Tuesday's second vote and attempted to stir up support for him in a floor speech.
Jordan acknowledged that he and McCarthy "haven’t always agreed on everything" but stressed that whatever disagreements they have "pale in comparison to the differences between us and the left."
"We owe it to them, the American people, the good people of this great country to step forward, to come together, get a speaker elected so we can address these three things," Jordan insisted.
After Jordan was defeated in several votes, Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy moved on Wednesday to nominate Florida Republican Rep. Byron Donalds for speaker.
This led Missouri Democratic Rep. Cori Bush to lash out at Donalds on Twitter. She accused Donalds, an African American, of being "a prop" who supports "white supremacy."
FWIW, @ByronDonalds is not a historic candidate for Speaker. He is a prop. Despite being Black, he supports a policy agenda intent on upholding and perpetuating white supremacy.
His name being in the mix is not progress—it’s pathetic.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) January 4, 2023
Donalds reacted to Bush's comments during an interview on Thursday with Fox Business host Stuart Varney, calling them "blatantly outrageous."
.@CoriBush, if you see a Black man rise, let the man rise even if you disagree with them.
I’d be happy to sit down and debate our policies one on one whenever you’d like.
As a Black man to a Black woman, I’d never do that to you. It’s a shame you did it to me. pic.twitter.com/ojpEHLhSI4
— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) January 5, 2023