Open Thread | Meet the New Speaker of the House

Here is your new Speaker of the House.
A right-wing, forced birth, election denier.

55 Things You Need to Know About Mike Johnson
The surprise winner of the race for speaker of the House had one important ally in his come-from-nowhere bid: Donald Trump.

10/26/2023 05:01 AM EDT

Mike who?

Some three chaotic weeks after the shocking ouster of Kevin McCarthy, the new Republican speaker of the House is Mike Johnson, a hard-right legal warrior turned little-known legislator from Louisiana, a deeply religious, 51-year-old father of four who has been involved in electoral politics for less than nine years and in Washington for two years less than that.

A staunch social conservative with a long history of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, he’s also managed on Capitol Hill to forge a less fractious persona, an ideological partisan and a Donald Trump ally who founded the so-called “Honor and Civility Caucus” pledging that “our political rivals in Congress are not our enemies.”

He now steps into the spotlight — and a seemingly impossible job in a fiercely divided Congress.

Government funding is scheduled to expire in less than a month, the GOP-controlled House will have to work with the Democratic-led Senate to not have a shutdown, and also on the docket are hard questions of aid for Ukraine and Israel. “You’re going to see an aggressive schedule in the days and weeks ahead,” Johnson said Wednesday. “You’re going to see Congress working as hard as it’s ever worked, and we are going to deliver for the American people.”

“All I ever aspired to be was a fireman,” Johnson once said.

His father was a firefighter in Shreveport and suffered burns over 80 percent of his body in 1984 in an explosion that killed a fire captain. Johnson was 12. His parents, he has recalled, “wouldn’t let us be firemen after that.”
“I saw an actual miracle of my father surviving when they said that he shouldn’t,” he has said. “It made me a person of very deep faith.”
He was elected in 2015 unopposed in a special election to the Louisiana House of Representatives, serving parts of two incomplete terms.

He was elected in 2016 in a runoff to represent Louisiana’s Fourth District in the United States House of Representatives.

He is the least experienced speaker of the House in 140 years

It’s Tigerbeat on the Potomac.
Go to the link to read the rest.

But, here’s some more about him.

Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) posted at 0:10 PM on Wed, Oct 25, 2023:
Jim Jordan is Vulgar MAGA. The so-called “moderates” in the GOP are all-but-certainly calculating that Refined MAGA won’t be as alienating in the suburbs and thus poses less of a threat to their reelection hopes.

Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) posted at 11:57 AM on Wed, Oct 25, 2023:
People are digging up quotes of Mike Johnson pushing vote-fraud lies. But what makes Johnson really scary is how polished he is in creating plausible sounding legal arguments, not his dabbling in Rudy inky-forehead conspiracy nuttiness.

He’s not Vulgar MAGA. He’s Refined MAGA.

Biden-Harris HQ (@BidenHQ) posted at 8:51 AM on Wed, Oct 25, 2023:
Here is Mike Johnson railing against Roe v. Wade, arguing that if women were forced to give birth to more “able-bodied workers,” Republicans wouldn’t try to cut Social Security and Medicare

The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) posted at 10:00 PM on Wed, Oct 25, 2023:
“‘Johnson wants to criminalize abortion care and impose a nationwide ban. [He] was one of the chief architects of trying to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. [He] also wants to end Social Security and Medicare as we know it.'”

Marlene Robertson (@marlene4719) posted at 6:32 PM on Wed, Oct 25, 2023:
I’m beginning to see what a Theocratic fascist disaster this fellow is. He wants a total abortion ban, is against same sex marriage going so far as to say same sex activity should be illegal. He is an election denier, anti vax, anti Ukraine and a Putin apologist. This is the…

@voteheaux (@voteheaux) posted at 9:10 PM on Wed, Oct 25, 2023:
Did you know Mike Johnson wants to criminalize being LGBTQIA in this country & was spokesman for a hate group that supported sterilizing trans people? #VoteHeaux #FireTheGOP #FireTheENTIREGOP

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5 Responses to Open Thread | Meet the New Speaker of the House

  1. rikyrah says:

    Tim Kaine (@timkaine) posted at 11:22 AM on Fri, Oct 27, 2023:
    We need to break the Tuberville logjam on military promotions and confirmations that’s putting our national security at risk.

    If Senate Republicans won’t stand up to him, then we should change Senate rules to get past his reckless blockade.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Kimberley Johnson (@AuthorKimberley) posted at 6:13 PM on Thu, Oct 26, 2023:
    The story behind the blue pumpkin: Many children with autism are nonverbal, if a child knocks on your door and holds their blue pumpkin, just know many won’t say trick or treat or talk, don’t take it as rude or rude weirdos, they deserve to enjoy Halloween like everyone else.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) posted at 1:21 PM on Fri, Oct 27, 2023:
    Judge Chutkan put Trump in a box today by ordering him to respond in writing whether he objects to his J6 trial being televised. Story …

  4. rikyrah says:

    This don’t smell right…AT ALL.

    Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) posted at 8:57 AM on Fri, Oct 27, 2023:
    Ok, this is weird. Johnson and his wife “took custody” of a 14 yr old black child who they call their son. He never appears in family photos. This “son” is only 11 yrs younger than Johnson. Little is known about him other than Johnson occasionally uses him as a talking point.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😊😊😊

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