Among the rumors swirling around former President Donald Trump’s political future is one theory by which Republicans reclaim control of the House of Representatives after next year’s midterm elections and nominate Trump to succeed current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
While such a scenario is highly unlikely and might be intended to goad Democrats, one member of Pelosi’s caucus is taking steps to ensure that it could not happen unless the former president is actually elected to the House.
“Should serve as an alarm bell”
As the Washington Examiner explained, all previous House speakers have been elected members of Congress, but being a member is not a specific requirement.
Therefore, any individual could theoretically be nominated and confirmed to the role if a majority in the House votes in his or her favor.
For his part, Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) hopes to close this loophole with the introduction of the so-called MEMBERS Act. The acronym stands for “Mandating that being an Elected Member Be an Essential Requirement for Speakership.”
If successful, the measure would dictate that only elected members and delegates would be eligible for the powerful position.
In a statement explaining his motivation, Boyle said: “The Speaker of the U.S. House is second in the United States presidential line of succession. That Donald Trump’s name would even be tossed around as a potential speaker in the people’s house should serve as an alarm bell that our current requirements need to be amended in the name of protecting our nation and our democracy.”
“That’s so interesting”
The Pennsylvania Democrat noted that his proposal “would establish that mandate in very clear and direct language, and it would serve as a check against those who would seek to undermine and derogate the authority and responsibilities of the Speaker’s office.”
Among Trump allies, the possibility of nominating him to be House speaker has been circulating — whether jokingly or in earnest — for some time.
The former president himself is said to have described the prospect as “very interesting.”
Last month, Business Insider reported that Trump expressed his interest when the subject was raised during an interview with conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root, who insinuated that if Trump becomes speaker, he could lead the charge to impeach President Joe Biden.
“That’s so interesting,” Trump replied, adding that the idea “might be better” than other proposals he had heard about a possible Senate bid.