Only Election Deniers Need Apply for Speaker

One paradox of the current House Republican majority, and a sign of the deep cleavages within it, is that having sought to overturn the 2020 presidential election can be both disqualifying and essential to becoming speaker of the House.

After Jim Jordan of Ohio’s campaign to become speaker flamed out, The Washington Post informó that one reason some colleagues refused to vote for him was his vocal role in trying to prevent the inauguration of Joe Biden. Following Jordan’s exit, nine Republicans announced bids for the role, seven of whom had voted not to certify the 2020 election.

The next GOP nominee,

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