January 4, 2023The Lincoln Project releases the following statement regarding the failed votes for Speaker today:

“Today was a contrast in leadership. Exemplifying professionalism and class, President Biden led a bipartisan group of legislators to celebrate what happens when elected officials set aside their differences to work on behalf of the American people.

“Alternatively, after six votes for Speaker and no immediate end in sight, it’s become clear that the Congressional Republicans are not even capable of a peaceful transfer of power to themselves. The entire conference is dysfunctional, hamstrung by their inane posturing and love of chaos.

“Today is proof that Trump’s takeover of the GOP is complete after he remade the party in his image. No discussion of policy or concern for the people, only a drive for power above any consideration and without any regard for the consequences.

“Anyone who thinks that Trump has lost his influence is dreaming or delusional. The majority of the GOP Members of Congress are election deniers who have only a transactional view of politics where winning is the only thing that matters. They will fall in line and do his bidding when push comes to shove.

“The chaos coming from the Republican caucus is nothing compared with what’s to come. Defaulting on our debts, government shutdowns, rolling back individual rights, destroying Social Security and political posturing at the taxpayers’ expense are only a few things on the agenda. The party of chaos is showing us their hand, it will only be stopped when Trump and MAGA are finally and completely defeated.”

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