Letter to the editor: Who's Mike Johnson?

Posted 11/2/23

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Letter to the editor: Who's Mike Johnson?


To the editor,

Twenty-two long days after far-right Republicans immobilized our US House of Representatives by removing Republican Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, the Republican majority finally elected their fourth-choice candidate for speaker: Louisiana Republican Mike Johnson.

Like many of us—including leading Republicans in our US Senate—you might be wondering, “Who’s Mike Johnson?”

You might be surprised to learn that:

Mr. Johnson has been in the House for less than eight years—making him the least-experienced speaker in more than 100 years.

Mr. Johnson also is a MAGA extremist, and an election denier.

Mr. Johnson said when he first ran for Congress that he’d “been out on the front lines of the ‘culture war.’” He describes himself as anti-immigration, anti-union, anti-LGBTQ rights, anti-abortion, and an evangelical Christian.

Mr. Johnson actively and enthusiastically supported overturning the 2020 presidential election results—the presidential election with the highest voter turnout by percentage since 1900, in which a majority chose Joe Biden instead of the most-recent-former-president.

Mr. Johnson—along with far-right Republican Tom Tiffany from Wisconsin’s Seventh Congressional District— joined an amicus brief to support a Texas lawsuit seeking to invalidate our Wisconsin majority vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. The US Supreme Court concluded that Texas had no standing to challenge how other states conducted their elections and threw out the lawsuit.

After a mob of the most-recent-former-president’s supporters stormed our US Capitol building on January 6, 2021—forcing an emergency recess in proceedings to certify the 2020 presidential election results—Mr. Johnson still voted in support of objections to certifying the election results.

Perhaps—now that he is Speaker of the House—Mr. Johnson will come to understand that he must put aside his polarizing partisan politics for the good of all of us American people, and for the protection and preservation of our American democracy. Let’s hope so—but it’s doubtful.

Linda Vivoda-Sadée

River Falls

Mike Johnson, Kevin McCarthy, Republican Speaker of the House, politics, letters