Trump endorses Jim Jordan for speaker after offering himself as a candidate

October 8, 2023

Fox News reported on Friday that former President Donald Trump endorsed Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan for speaker of the House.

The move is something of a reversal for Trump, as the former president had earlier put out a doctored photo showing himself in the speaker's chair. 

Picture showed Trump holding speaker's gavel

As Forbes magazine noted, Trump posted the image to Truth Social this past Wednesday, and it depicted him wearing a Make America Great Again hat while holding the speaker's gavel.

That post came a day after Fox News reported that Trump indicated he would be willing to act as speaker for "a short period" until a permanent figure can be decided on.

The chair has been vacant since a small group of GOP members led by Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz joined with Democrats in voting to oust former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

McCarthy not interested in running again following ouster

McCarthy made clear after the vote that he is finished with the role, saying, "I believe I can continue to fight, maybe in a different manner. I will not run for Speaker again, I’ll have the conference pick somebody else."

It still remains uncertain who will replace McCarthy, with Republican Reps. Kevin Hern and Steve Scalise throwing their hats into the ring. However, a number of high profile figures have joined Trump in pointing to Jordan.

They include South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who recently told Newsmax host Eric Bolling that there is an "80% chance" Jordan will take the gavel.

Noem says Jordan is "the guy that most members will land on"

"I think you know, there’s a lot of people that are considering throwing their hat into the ring for this leadership position," the Daily Caller quoted Noem as saying.

"To be honest with you Eric, there’s an 80% chance it’s gonna be Jim Jordan. I think he’s probably the guy that most members will land on and give the chance to do it," the South Dakota governor continued.

Noem concluded by saying that the GOP needs "someone who’s proven that they’ll fight when it’s important" and "who will investigate the corruption in Washington, D.C."

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