Jim Jordan defends ‘messy’ speaker vote: ‘Exactly how the Founders intended it’

Corporate media may have griped for the better part of a week about supposed dysfunction in the Republican Party over a prolonged speakership vote, but Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) spoke confidently about unity Sunday as he invoked the Founders’ intent in recent proceedings.

(Video: Fox News)

Little more than a day removed from the 15th ballot that saw Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) elected speaker of the House for the 118th Congress, Jordan joined “Fox News Sunday” host Shannon Bream to comment on the perceived turmoil that took place in the lower chamber. Airing a clip from the last session that saw Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) physically restrained as he yelled at holdout Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Bream asked the Ohio lawmaker, “How do you convince Americans who watched this play out…that Republicans, your party, can now govern?”

Without touching on that specific happenstance, Jordan spoke positively of the result that saw McCarthy get the same number of votes that former speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had received for her election to leadership and articulated, “Sometimes democracy’s messy, but I would argue that’s exactly how the Founders intended it.”

“They wanted real debate and real input from all people, and then you get a decision. Whether it’s one vote or 15 votes, Kevin McCarthy is still speaker of the House,” he said. “I have seen all kinds of games go into extra innings and overtime. That’s just how it works.”

“What I do know is this: we will come together to deal with how radical the left now has made the Democrat Party,” the congressman continued before detailing, “You think about in a two-year time span, we have seen a border that is no longer a border, we have seen a military that can’t meet its recruitment goals, we’ve seen terrible energy policy, terrible education policy, record spending, record inflation, record debt, and maybe most importantly, a government weaponized against the very people it’s supposed to serve.”

Jordan, who would spend the remainder of the nearly 10-minute long interview speaking at length about the intent of the Republican Party going forward and the failings of President Joe Biden thus far in his administration, touched briefly on the Monday’s upcoming vote on the rules package which was an integral part of the negotiations between McCarthy’s supporters and the nearly two dozen holdouts utilizing the framework of the Constitution to ensure their constituents were represented within the House.

“This rules package is designed…to stop what we saw happen literally 15 days ago when the Democrats passed a $1.7 trillion monstrosity of a bill that spent the American taxpayers money in all kinds of crazy ways,” he contended as he previewed enforcement of the 72-hour bill review period and single subject restrictions to prevent omnibus packages.

“We’re gonna unite around fixing those problems, which have all happened in two years,” Jordan assured.

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