House Speaker Mike Johnson met with Trump on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, after he publicly endorsed him for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination1.
Johnson, who became speaker last month after Kevin McCarthy was ousted by a hard-right faction of the GOP, said he was “all in for President Trump” and expected him to be the nominee and win the election2.
Johnson also defended Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him, saying he believed Trump was sincere and that he was one of his closest allies in Congress.
He also said he had seen “evidence” of widespread fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election, and that he supported Trump’s efforts to challenge the results in court.
Johnson also accused the Democrats and the media of trying to silence Trump and his supporters, and of undermining the integrity of the electoral system.
Johnson said he was confident that Trump would prevail in his legal battles and prove that he was the rightful winner of the 2020 election., also said he was proud to stand with Trump and to endorse him for the 2024 presidential nomination, and that he hoped to work with him to advance the America First agenda.3.
Johnson’s endorsement was a symbolic departure from his predecessor, who had declined to back a candidate in the GOP primaries and had questioned Trump’s strength as a contender4.
Trump had supported Johnson’s bid for speaker and had criticized McCarthy and other Republicans who did not fully embrace him.
Johnson’s meeting with Trump came amid the former president’s legal troubles, as he faces multiple indictments and lawsuits related to his business dealings, his role in the January 6, 2021 insurrection, and his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results.
Johnson dismissed these as “political prosecutions” and “lawfare” against Trump3.
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