Tensions within Republican ranks have heightened as members claim to face threats and coercion linked to supporters of Jim Jordan. This comes in the wake of Jordan’s unsuccessful second attempt to secure the coveted position of the House of Representatives speakership.
Mr. Jordan, a prominent right-wing figure from Ohio, swiftly denounced any involvement in such aggressive tactics.
In a sharp turn of events, the previous Speaker was displaced due to a staunch conservative upheaval on 3 October.
Reactions from Fellow Republicans:
Iowa’s Marianne Miller-Meeks expressed her deep concern in a recent statement, revealing the receipt of “credible death threats” post her decision to vote against Mr. Jordan. “Bullying is something I cannot support or tolerate,” she declared.
Nebraska’s Don Bacon, a noteworthy critic of Jordan, showcased texts to Politico that insinuated harassment towards his wife from a Jordan supporter. An anonymous text pointedly mentioned, “Your husband’s political career is over.”
However, Mr. Jordan reaffirmed his stance against such actions, taking to X, the platform formerly recognized as Twitter. He emphasized, “No American should target another based on beliefs. All threats against colleagues are condemned.”
Notably, other Republicans like Virginia’s Jen Kiggans, Kay Granger from Texas, and Florida’s John Rutherford vocalized their discontent regarding the aggressive persuasion techniques employed by conservative leaders endorsing Jordan.
Kiggans affirmed her resilience on X, stating, “Intimidation won’t sway my stance.”
While none directly implicated Jordan, some believe he bears responsibility for the unsavory actions of his supporters.
Florida’s Carlos Gimenez expressed his reservations to NBC News, questioning Jordan’s control over his followers. After confronting Jordan about the alleged threats, Gimenez shared, “If you’ve asked them to halt, why aren’t they heeding your call?” Gimenez further noted the influx of robocalls criticizing his opposition to Jordan’s bid.