Democrat condemns Johnson for Trump trial ‘stunt’ on House floor, calling it ‘pathetic’

During a session in the House, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) strongly condemned Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) for his involvement in former President Trump’s criminal hush money trial in Manhattan.

“Take a look at today’s New York Times cover, Mr. Speaker. It’s truly unbelievable. There’s a photograph of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who holds the second-highest position in the presidential line of succession. And what is he doing? Standing in front of a courthouse, serving as a mere prop for Donald Trump, attempting to meddle in a criminal trial. It seems that Republicans have a penchant for law and order, except when it comes to their own actions,” expressed McGovern with astonishment.

In his address to fellow House members on the floor, he expressed his dissatisfaction with the “stunt” that Johnson and other Republican lawmakers had pulled by supporting Trump in New York. He emphasized that such actions only serve to diminish the House of Representatives.

According to Mediaite, McGovern pointed out that their presidential candidate has faced more indictments than successful elections.

During the proceedings, the lawmaker from Massachusetts was interrupted and reminded to adhere to House rules which prohibit engaging in personal attacks towards presumptive nominees for the presidency.

According to McGovern, he believes he did not violate any rules and finds it ironic that Republicans have the audacity to criticize the criminal justice system.

“He said their credibility on this issue has completely evaporated, and it’s just pathetic. Give me a break,” he exclaimed.

McGovern pressed on with his speech, emphasizing that the American people deserve more than the Speaker of the House meddling in the New York court system. He asserted that there are pressing issues that require attention, yet Johnson is wasting his time justifying the previous president’s wrongdoings.

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Johnson, along with Republican Senators JD Vance (R-Ohio) and Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), as well as other allies such as Vivek Ramaswamy, showed their support for Trump by attending his court proceeding on Tuesday. Speaking outside the courthouse, Johnson strongly criticized the case against Trump, labeling it as “election interference.” He also accused the prosecutors of attempting to prevent the former president from participating in the campaign trail.

The Speaker declared that Trump is innocent and referred to him as a “friend.”

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