Speaker Mike Johnson faces question about African American son

 December 27, 2023

House Speaker Mike Johnson celebrated Christmas this year by posting a picture of his family on X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter.

Yet as Newsweek noted, some of the platform's users pointed out that Johnson's African American son was missing from the photo.

"Where's your black son?"

Johnson's post featured an image of himself alongside his wife and four biological children along with a statement that read, "Merry Christmas and many blessings from our family to you and yours."

However, one user responded by asking, "Where's your black son?" That was a reference to Michael James, whom the congressman adopted when he was 14.

Questions about James have been raised in the past, leading Rep. Johnson's office to provide Newsweek with a statement earlier this year.

Son wishes to stay out of the limelight

"When Speaker Johnson first ran for Congress in 2016, he and his wife, Kelly, spoke to their son Michael—who they took in as newlyweds when Michael was 14 years old," the magazine quoted Johnson's communications director as saying in October.

"At the time of the Speaker's election to Congress, Michael was an adult with a family of his own. He asked not to be involved in their new public life," the communications director went on to add.

She concluded by saying, "The Speaker has respected that sentiment throughout his career and maintains a close relationship with Michael to this day."

For his part, the now-40-year-old James praised his adoptive parents in an interview with the Daily Mail last month for making him feel "loved."

James: "They have been there for me"

"They have been there for me when I have been lost and in the deepest valleys, and I know it was hard at times to constantly help someone who didn’t always get it right," he told the newspaper.

"I thank God all the time for giving them both the strength, patience, and unwavering faith that inspired me to do better and be better," he added.

For his part, Johnson told the Daily Mail that he and his wife are convinced that "God intended for Michael to be a part of our lives."

"Kelly and I have always seen him as one of our own. Despite any mistakes he’s made, we love Michael and are blessed to have him in our family," he stressed.

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