(PresidentialHill.com)- Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida), who was running for Speaker of the House on the eighth ballot, put forward the name of former President Donald Trump as a candidate for the position. Although it is not standard practice, the position of Speaker can be given to someone who is not a member of the House. Despite this, many prominent Republicans on the right, including Steve Bannon and General Michael Flynn, have advocated for Trump to be elected as the next Speaker of the House.
When Gaetz was speaking with the former president at a rally in Florida, he reminded everyone that he made the statement in the past that he would nominate Trump for the position of House Speaker.
Gaetz, a vocal opponent of Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) candidacy for Speaker, dissented from his fellow McCarthy-haters on the seventh ballot and cast his vote for Trump.
Rep. Byron Donalds received the support of the other 19 lawmakers (R-Fla.).
On the ninth ballot, which McCarthy once again lost without any defectors, the Florida congressman voted for Trump again. This time, however, there were no defectors.
In addition, Representative Lauren Boebert of the United States changed things by nominating Representative Kevin Hern (R-OK).
The hashtag “#TrumpForSpeaker” started trending on Twitter as a direct result of the vote.
Although many people believe the concept had little chance of success, it garnered backing from several prominent conservative individuals, including Steve Bannon, who served as a strategist in the Trump White House and now hosts the show War Room.
“It’s all about money and power. That’s why right now we have to stand up and say ‘no, it can’t be McCarthy. If it can’t be McCarthy, then who’s it gonna be?’” Bannon asked Thursday.
“My vote, is Trump. Bring him in for 100 days, let’s start the negotiations, let’s do the debt ceiling, spend less. Get it up front, do it now. Let’s lance the boil, let’s get down to what’s really important and stop playing games.”