MAGA Republicans elect Mike Johnson, a hard right conservative as Speaker of the House ending weeks of GOP chaos.
Johnson was an architect of the effort to overturn the 2020 election and a religious conservative opposed to abortion rights, homosexuality and gay marriage. His nomination further cemented the Republican Party’s lurch to the right. - NY Times
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Architect of Trump's bid to overturn election result
Mr. Johnson served on former President Donald J. Trump’s impeachment defense team, playing a leading role in recruiting House Republicans to sign a legal brief supporting a lawsuit seeking to overturn the 2020 election results. He was also an architect of Mr. Trump’s bid to object to certifying them in Congress on Jan. 6, 2021.
Mr. Trump praised him on Wednesday after his election, calling the Louisiana Republican “a fantastic gentleman. He’s going to do a great job,” Mr. Trump said.
Democrats were scathing in their assessment of Mr. Johnson’s ascent to the speakership. Representative Pete Aguilar of California, the Democratic conference chairman, said that the speaker fight had devolved into a contest over “who can appease Donald Trump.” At that line, a handful of hard-right Republicans stood and applauded. - NY Times
Against gun safety
Johnson was elected on the day of the mass killings in Lewiston, Maine. He had nothing to say other than “Prayer is appropriate in a time like this, that the evil can end and this senseless violence can stop.” No call for legislation. No call for background checks. No call for assault weapons bans. Nothing. His silence and inaction are complicity. Speaking of complicity, Johnson met last week with members of “Women for Gun Rights,” a meeting that Johnson proudly featured on Twitter with a note that they discussed “safeguarding our Second Amendment rights.”
Got that? Johnson is offering to safeguard the Second Amendment but offers nothing but prayer to protect future victims from death and injury by weapons of war. He—and all Republicans—are on the wrong side of this issue. Per a Pew Research Center survey, 61% of Americans say that it is too easy to obtain a gun. More importantly, 73% of non-owners say it is too easy to own a gun—and non-owners make up 70% of the US population. I will let you do the math, but those numbers mean that gun safety advocates should win 100% of elections in which enhancing gun laws is a significant issue. Mike Johnson is the worst representative on this critical issue at a moment of crisis in America. - Today's Edition
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