A House Democrat announced legislation that would deny former President Donald Trump the speaker’s gavel.
Rep. Brendan Boyle’s offering would “require that only elected Members or Delegates be eligible to serve as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.” As it stands now, the U.S. Constitution does not require the speaker of the House to be a member of Congress, though every speaker in U.S. history has been an elected member.
“The Speaker of the U.S. House is second in the United States presidential line of succession. That Donald Trump’s name would even be tossed around as a potential speaker in the people’s house should serve as an alarm bell that our current requirements need to be amended in the name of protecting our nation and our democracy,” Boyle said. “As such, our laws should mandate that the Speaker be a member of the U.S. House.”