House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and his fellow Democrats are not happy with Rep. Mike Johnson’s (R-LA) victory after House Republicans elected the Louisiana lawmaker as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Following weeks of drama and plottings at the Capitol, House Republicans finally rallied behind Johnson and elected him as speaker. Johnson’s victory did not go down well with Democrats, with Jefferies labeling the newly elected speaker an “extreme right-wing ideologue.”
“Mike Johnson wants to criminalize abortion care and impose a nationwide ban. Mike Johnson was one of the chief architects of trying to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election” Jefferies told CNN’s This Morning. “Mike Johnson also wants to end Social Security and Medicare as we know it. Those are extreme views.”
Johnson vowed that House Democrats will push back aggressively against Mike Johnson.
Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA), noted that Johnsson is a pro-life Republican before calling the new speaker an “insurrectionist.” Porter added that the American people deserved better.
Insurrectionist Mike Johnson is now second in line to the presidency. The American people deserve better.https://t.co/tozlz8VEny
— Katie Porter (@katieporteroc) October 25, 2023
Pro-Hamas and anti-Israel Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) described Johnson as a “MAGA Extremist” who is seeking to ban abortion. Omar added that Republicans have embraced the extreme MAGA playbook.”
House GOP has made MAGA extremist, Mike Johnson Speaker.
❌Architect of overturning election
❌Seeks abortion ban
❌Voted against LGBTQ+ rights
❌Wants to gut Social Security
With this choice, Republicans have embraced the extreme MAGA playbook. https://t.co/zR9G9Xegxi
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) October 25, 2023
Rep. Adam Schiff (R-CA), who was recently censured by the House for his false and misleading statement during the Russia collusion investigation into former President Donald Trump, described Johnson as a hard-right pro-Trump.
You might be Googling who Mike Johnson is this morning.
Let me make it simple:
Johnson is a hard-right, pro-Trump, leading election denier in the House.
Sadly, this is what passes for Speaker material in the Republican conference.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) October 25, 2023
Radical squad member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) falsely accused Speaker Johnson as a key architect of the January 6th Capitol protest.
Introducing extremist GOP Speaker nominee Mike Johnson.
He was a key architect of the Jan 6th strategy to overturn the US election.
Here he is leading a crowd that’s booing and telling a Congressional correspondent to “shut up” when asking about it. https://t.co/M7Fi4rwaCG
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 25, 2023
President Joe Biden’s 2024 campaign strongly condemned Johnson’s election, with Ammar Moussa —a spokesman for the Biden campaign— calling the new speaker “MAGA Mike Johnson.”
1) Biden campaign statement on Johnson
2 and 3) White House statement. pic.twitter.com/wevlllzfU1
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) October 25, 2023
“MAGA Mike Johnson’s ascension to the speakership cements the extreme MAGA takeover of the House Republican Conference,” Moussa wrote in a statement. “ Now Donald Trump has his loyal foot soldier to ban abortion nationwide… and advance the extreme MAGA agenda.