GOP Rep. Andy Biggs on First Job of Congress: ‘Get Trump Reelected’

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Congress is back from its Easter Break and things are already getting chaotic in the House of Representatives. Amid chatter that House Speaker Mike Johnson may soon face a motion to vacate from Marjorie Taylor Greene, one representative wants to remind Republicans in the lower chamber of their top priority: electing Donald Trump in November. 

On Tuesday, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), who was recently subpoenaed by Arizona prosecutors investigating efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election in the state, told Newsmax that while he’s “dismayed and disappointed” with Johnson’s performance, “job one is to get President Donald Trump re-elected to be the president of the United States.” 

“Is it smart to remove [Johnson] now — and I said ‘I don’t know’ — but one thing I do know is we have to make sure President Donald Trump is the president in 2025,” he added. 

Biggs’ statement was prompted by questions regarding the motion to vacate Greene filed against Johnson late last month in response to the Speaker agreeing to a bipartisan bill aimed at avoiding a government shutdown. Greene called the motion a “warning” to the Speaker, and on Tuesday the Georgia representative published a “Dear Colleague” letter outlining her reasons for opposing Johnson. 

“Mike Johnson has unfortunately not lived up to a single one of his self-imposed tenets,” Greene wrote, outlining the promises the speaker made to the caucus upon his election to the position in October. 

“We could have also taken out funding for abortion and the trans agenda on kids if our own Speaker would have allowed us to offer amendments. We could have achieved other worthy victories if we had only put up a fight against Democrats. Instead, Mike Johnson worked with Chuck Schumer rather than with us, and gave Joe Biden and the Democrats everything they wanted — no different from how a Speaker Hakeem Jeffries would have done,” Greene added. 

At one point in the letter, Greene complained that Johnson has “fully funded Special Counsel Jack Smith’s witch hunt and 91 indictments against President Trump, our Republican Presidential nominee,” and that he’s doing the bidding of Democrats “who want him dead.”

Greene made a point to signal her support for the former president, but many Republicans worry that another speakership fiasco like the one surrounding the ouster and replacement of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) would harm Trump’s image in the general election and allow Democrats to potentially take the speakership given Republican’s razor thin House majority. 

“I don’t think she has the votes to kick the speaker out, but even if she did all it would be doing was handing the gave to Hakeem Jefferies,” Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) told Newsmax last week. 

As previously reported by Rolling Stone, Biggs is not the only GOP House member signaling that their top priority is Trump’s reelection. In December,  Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas) enthusiastically declared “Donald J. Trump 2024, baby!” when asked what Republicans hoped to gain from their baseless impeachment investigation into President Joe Biden. In January, Nehls explained that he’d helped Republicans tank a massive bipartisan immigration package because it would potentially “help Joe Biden approve his dismal 33 percent.” 

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On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee, which is one of the committees heading the impeachment probe into Biden, tweeted out an image of Trump’s profile blocking out the sun to commemorate the rare total eclipse that was visible throughout large swaths of the United States. 

Johnson is presenting an unfazed front in the face of Greene’s threat to his speakership. “I think all of my other Republican colleagues recognize this is a distraction from our mission,” he told Fox News earlier this month. “Again our mission is to save the republic, and the only way we can do that is if we grow the House majority, win the Senate, and win the White House. So we don’t need any dissension right now.” 





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