As his first action as the new Speaker of the American House of Representatives, Mike Johnson proposed a resolution supporting Israel. The first move comes after a three-week leadership vacuum that left the Republican-led chamber unable to do much of anything.
“The first bill I’m going to bring to this floor in a little while will be in support of our dear friend Israel and we are overdue in getting that done,” Johnson said as he accepted the speakership.
The House supported the resolution by 412 to 10, with six members voting “present,” reflecting traditional strong support in Congress for the Jewish state.
This is no surprise considering House Speaker Mike Johnson’s biggest donor in 2021 was the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, but following Johnson’s comments, several conservative Twitter users started posting clips of some other questionable things he has said and done in the past.
During one interview, Johnson brought up the fact that he has a black son named Michael whom he and his wife, Kelly, “took custody” of when they were newlyweds.
“The reality is, and no one can tell me otherwise, my son Michael had a harder time than my son Jack is going to have simply because of the color of his skin.”
When asked what Johnson thinks we should do about this, he responded by saying that we need “transformative” and “systematic” changes.
Some Twitter users brought up Tim Scott when trying to compare Johnson to other Republicans in office who have focused on issues the left is usually focused on, and regurgitated their talking points.
As homicides and shootings surged across the country last year, Tim Scott, senator of South Carolina, was laser-focused on police reform.
After being praised by the New York Times, and saying he’s personally been stopped 18 times for “driving while Black,” Scott appeared to believe the issue that needed the most attention at the time was the police and police reform.
Scott’s effort to pass police reform began in the wake of George Floyd’s death, and the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
Recently it has come to light in newly released court documents that the Hennepin County Medical examiner admitted that the autopsy conducted on Floyd showed no injuries to the vital structures of his neck, and no medical indications of asphyxia, but that prosecutors were under extreme pressure to charge Chauvin with murder.
In a joint statement with Democratic senator Cory Booker, Scott claimed that the ‘murder’ of George Floyd led to a racial reckoning in America, causing Americans to agree that we need to urgently do something about the police.
Colleagues and close friends of Scott say his thinking on race began to shift in 2015, after his hometown, Charleston, experienced the shooting by a white police officer of an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, and then the shooting by Dylan Roof at Emanuel A.M.E. Church.