Pressure mounts on Speaker Johnson as his favor quickly dissipates and calls to remove him grow

by Grace Saldana

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Calls to remove House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., are rapidly intensifying as he continues to misstep with his America First colleagues.

He’s losing so much favor that Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., has formally moved to back Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s motion to vacate Johnson.

Massie announced Tuesday morning on X that he told Johnson his plans to co-sponsor Greene’s legislation. The congressman also urged Johnson to “pre-announce his resignation (as Boehner did), so we can pick a new Speaker without ever being without a GOP Speaker.”

Detailing his reasons for co-sponsoring Greene’s legislation, Massie wrote on X that Johnson has led the GOP to pass an astronomical omnibus spending bill, reauthorize FISA’s warrantless surveillance, and support Schumer’s $100 billion foreign aid bill that is intended “mostly for war.”

Rep. Greene thanked Massie for his support in removing Johnson. During an interview with Steve Bannon, the congresswoman stated, “We’re only going to allow Republican leaders that understand that Republican agenda for this country is America First, not America Last. That’s why Speaker Johnson needs to resign. He needs to do the right thing and we need time to elect a new Speaker of the House.”

Sen. J.D. Vance, R-Ohio, also began questioning Johnson’s leadership amid this critical time in President Donald Trump’s campaign.

“I’ve heard multiple people who hate Donald Trump argue that the REPO Act will be used to control him in the next administration. So why is a Republican House speaker pushing it through Congress?” Vance asked on X.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., expressed his disapproval of Johnson’s leadership last week, stating: “Do something to make us think you are different than a Democrat — but so far I don’t see a difference.”

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