(RepublicanJournal.org) – Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) was unable to gather enough support in the House to secure the speaker’s seat and recently dropped out of the race as a result. Some Republicans had reportedly tried to pressure their peers into voting him in, with some people claiming they and their families are receiving death threats. Jordan responded by telling the offending parties to “stop.”
“It’s abhorrent,” Jordan wrote on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter. He chastised the threats, noting that Americans shouldn’t be attacking one another over differences in belief. He rallied his peers to find a way to work together, condemning the threats his fellow colleagues have suffered.
The extreme action apparently began as an organized effort to push lawmakers into caving on the vote. Holdouts reportedly received email messages asking why they weren’t voting for the far-right candidate. The Associated Press (AP) reports that the effort devolved quickly to the point where every Republican who voted against Jordan has become inundated with threatening messages.
Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE), a centrist who strongly opposed Jordan’s nomination, told the AP that his wife has resorted to sleeping with a gun by the bed. Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA) said his family has also been terrorized and called the behavior “unacceptable.” He added that he would not vote in a “bully.”
Jordan had the House vote on October 17, compelling dissenters to explain why they were voting against him, which some members believed would be enough to pressure the holdouts into changing their stance.
The last attempt to place a House Speaker led to a history-making 15 votes, according to The New York Times, with holdouts wearing down, one by one, until McCarthy had the majority.
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