Support for Speaker Johnson's removal is growing

 April 20, 2024

Yet another Republican has come out in favor of ousting U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) from the speakership position of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

That Republican, according to the New York Post, is U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ).

Gosar, at the time of this writing, is now the third House Republican to publicly confirm that he supports the removal of Johnson.

The other two are U.S. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Thomas Massie (R-KY).

Gosar says Johnson crossed the line

It appears that Gosar is specifically upset with Johnson's decision to move forward with a $95 billion foreign aid package for Taiwan, Israel, and Ukraine.

Gosar, instead, believes that Johnson ought to be working to support America's southern border, which continues to witness record levels of immigration under the administration of President Joe Biden.

Gosar, in a statement on Friday, wrote:

[R]ather than spending the resources to secure our southern border and combating the invasion of 11 million illegals and despite repeated promises there would be no additional money going to Ukraine without first securing our border, the United States House of Representatives, under the direction of the Speaker, is on the verge of sending another $61 billion to further draw America into an endless and purposeless war in Ukraine.

Accordingly, Gosar said that he has added his name to the motion to vacate Johnson's speakership.

"Our border cannot be an afterthought. We need a Speaker who puts America first rather than bending to the reckless demands of the warmongers, neo-cons, and the military industrial complex making billions from a costly and endless war half a world away," he said.


This effort to remove Johnson from the speakership position was started by Greene after Johnson, several weeks back, moved forward with a $1.2 trillion government spending bill.

This has led to a lot of in-fighting among House Republicans. Republicans currently only have a slim majority in the House, and many argue that Greene is jeopardizing this majority, potentially setting up a situation where the Democrats could effectively gain control over the House.

Former President Donald Trump has recently come out in support of Johnson, noting that it is not easy for Johnson to make things happen, considering the fact that Democrats control the White House and the Senate, while Republicans only have a narrow House majority.

But, Trump's support does not appear to have slowed down Greene and the others.

It is unclear how this situation is going to play out. Some Democrats have suggested that they will align behind Johnson so long as he's willing to make certain concessions. But, it is not clear whether Johnson would be willing to do so just to keep the speakership.

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