Following the resignation of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has now officially endorsed former president Donald Trump for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
McCarthy was successfully removed as House speaker by eight Republicans, including Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Greene, a prominent McCarthy supporter who voted against McCarthy’s removal on Tuesday, sent out a statement endorsing the former president.
Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who is himself thought to be a strong candidate to succeed McCarthy, have also expressed support for a hypothetical Trump speakership.
Although it is not required, no speaker has ever taken the position without having a seat in Congress.
Trump’s name has previously been brought up, particularly during the 15-vote marathon that rightwingers subjected McCarthy to in January before allowing him to assume the gavel.