Some Republicans who support Trump are enthusiastic about the prospect of Trump becoming speaker of the House, but at least one prominent Democrat is not.
A Trump rally in the House chamber would be the norm if he were elected speaker. On Thursday, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene posted on X. “That’s the MAGA Mansion right there!”
After about an hour, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer mocked the proposal on Twitter.
“No thanks, we’re good,” Schumer wrote in response to Greene. “We’ve seen a Trump rally at the Capitol already,” he continued, presumably referring to the attack on the Capitol on January 6 that began after Trump pushed protesters to march on the White House during a rally he held nearby.
For his conduct on and after January 6 and his attempts to undermine the 2020 presidential race, Republican frontrunner Trump is now facing criminal charges.
On Wednesday, the former president attempted to dismiss talk of him entering the speakership race, saying instead that he was concentrating on the current presidential campaign. On Thursday, however, he was thinking about going to the Capitol to lobby for the position.
Trump has a long way to go before he can bang the gavel. Although it is not explicitly required by the Constitution, no non-Congressman has ever been elected as Speaker of the House. Trump may also run into trouble because the Republican Party’s conference rules stipulate that a party leader must resign “if indicted for a felony for which a sentence of two or more years imprisonment may be imposed.”