MAGA Mike Johnson Called Trump “Dangerous.” Now He’s Endorsing Trump and His Extreme Agenda
November 14, 2023
In response to House Speaker MAGA Mike Johnson throwing his support behind Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, DNC spokesperson Sarafina Chitika released the following statement:
“MAGA Mike Johnson sees in Trump another anti-abortion, election-denying extremist who will do everything in his power to pursue a radical, anti-freedom agenda if he’s reelected president. Even though MAGA Mike once confessed that he thought Trump was “dangerous” and “unfit” to serve, he’s so hellbent on legislating away Americans’ freedoms and gutting Social Security and Medicare that he’s willing to endorse Trump anyway. MAGA Mike is just the newest recruit to Trump’s MAGA minions in Congress, who are hellbent on wasting hardworking Americans’ tax dollars to operate an arm of Trump’s presidential campaign out of the People’s House instead of delivering on the issues Americans care about.”
MAGA Mike Johnson gave a full-throated endorsement of Donald Trump this morning.
Mike Johnson: “I’m all in for President Trump. I expect he’ll be our nominee … we have to make Biden a one-term president.”
Trump has heaped nothing but praise on the new speaker because he wants to work with him to take away freedoms and pursue an extreme MAGA agenda.
Trump: “MAGA MIKE JOHNSON!”
Trump: “We think Mike Johnson is going to do really well. He’s popular. He’s smart. He’s sharp. He’s going to do fantastic. … I think he’s going to be a fantastic Speaker.”
CNN: “Why Trump is so happy about the new House speaker”
The Hill: “Johnson won the gavel with the full support of the Republican conference Tuesday, including lawmakers closely aligned with Trump.”
CNN: “The record suggests [Johnson] is no less partisan, particularly on issues of importance to Trump, like the 2020 election and Republicans’ effort to impeach President Joe Biden.”
Johnson’s unwavering praise of Trump is at odds with his own assessment of the former president in 2015, when Johnson said Trump “lacks the character and the moral center” to lead the country.
New York Times: “Johnson Said in 2015 Trump Was Unfit and Could Be ‘Dangerous’ as President”
Johnson: “The thing about Donald Trump is that he lacks the character and the moral center we desperately need again in the White House. … I am afraid he would break more things than he fixes. He is a hot head by nature, and that is a dangerous trait to have in a Commander in Chief. … I just don’t think he has the demeanor to be President.”
Johnson and Trump are both anti-abortion extremists who want to ban abortion nationwide.
Trump: “There of course remains a vital role for the federal government in protecting unborn life. And it’s very important.”
Trump: “After 50 years of failure, with nobody coming even close, I was able to kill Roe v. Wade, much to the ‘shock’ of everyone … Without me there would be no 6 weeks, 10 weeks, 15 weeks, or whatever is finally agreed to. Without me the pro Life movement would have just kept losing. Thank you President TRUMP!!!”
New York Times: “In Congress, Mr. Johnson has voted for a national abortion ban and co-sponsored a 20-week abortion ban, earning him an A-plus rating from the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America. After the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade in June last year, he celebrated.”
Johnson: “🚨🚨BREAKING: Late yesterday, the La. Department of Health informed abortion facilities in our state that the right to life has now been RESTORED!
Perform an abortion and get imprisoned at hard labor for 1-10 yrs & fined $10K-$100K.”
Jezebel: “[Johnson] expressed hope that Roe v. Wade would someday be overturned, railed against people supposedly ‘using abortion as birth control’ and appeared to blame school shootings on abortion: ‘When you break up the nuclear family, when you tell a generation of people that life has no value, no meaning, that it’s expendable, then you do wind up with school shooters.’”
Johnson was an “architect” of Trump’s Big Lie — helping spread election conspiracy theories and leading the effort to overturn the 2020 election results.
HuffPost: “Johnson, a former lawyer, led an amicus brief signed by over 100 Republican members of Congress backing a flawed Texas lawsuit that asked the Supreme Court to overturn the 2020 election. He also played a key role in crafting the rationale that many of his GOP colleagues used in justifying their votes to throw out the 2020 election results ― even just hours after the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.”
Washington Post: “Johnson played one of the most significant roles of any member of Congress in the effort to overturn the election.”
Johnson also shares Trump’s extreme MAGA agenda on other key issues like Social Security and Medicare.
CNN: “Here’s why Social Security and Medicare advocates fear Mike Johnson’s speakership”
“In one of his first moves after being elected House speaker, Mike Johnson promised to form a bipartisan debt commission to tackle what he termed “the greatest threat to our national security. The announcement sent shivers down the spines of advocates for Social Security and Medicare. … ‘The new speaker has made it clear he’s not a friend to seniors, Social Security or Medicare,’ said Max Richtman, CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. ‘His answer to Social Security’s long-range solvency is cutting benefits.’”
CNN: “Former President Donald Trump once backed raising the retirement age to 70 and called for privatizing Social Security which he called a ‘Ponzi scheme’ – two positions he has hammered Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for supporting as a former member of Congress and congressional candidate. … but a CNN KFile review found Trump himself also once praised Ryan on Medicare, along with the 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, without praising their specific policy proposal, which called for similar changes to Ryan’s plan.”
Vox: “Trump said he wouldn’t cut Medicaid, Social Security, and Medicare. His 2020 budget cuts all 3.”
Washington Post: “His avowed stance, however, is at odds with Trump’s own record as president: Each of his White House budget proposals included cuts to Social Security and Medicare programs.”