Mike Johnson made a resignation decision that made his life a living hell

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House Speaker Mike Johnson exhausted all his goodwill just 174 days into the job.

Now he’s hanging on by a thread.

And Mike Johnson made a resignation decision that made his life a living hell.

Johnson faces a growing conservative rebellion

Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) outlined Mike Johnson’s three big failures since becoming Speaker of the House.

Massie blasted him for selling out conservatives on spending, funding the war in Ukraine, and approving illegal warrantless spying.

“Speaker Johnson has led the GOP to pass: 1) an omnibus that spends more than Pelosi’s highest year 2) an expansion of the domestic warrantless surveillance program and this week he’s pushing 3) Schumer’s dream bill which contains $100 billion of foreign aid, mostly for war,” Massie wrote on social media.

He revealed he told Johnson in a GOP conference meeting that if he didn’t resign, he would sign on to Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) motion to vacate the chair.

“I just told Mike Johnson in conference that I’m cosponsoring the Motion to Vacate that was introduced by @RepMTG. He should pre-announce his resignation (as Boehner did), so we can pick a new Speaker without ever being without a GOP Speaker,” Massie added.

Jonhson responds

Johnson met with reporters after the Republican meeting and effectively dared Greene and Massie to hold a vote to oust him by declaring that he would never resign.

“I am not resigning. And it is, in my view, an absurd notion that someone would bring a vacate motion when we are simply here trying to do our jobs. It is not helpful to the cause, it is not helpful to the country, it does not help the House Republicans advance our agenda, which is in the best interest of the American people here — a secure border, sound governance – and it’s not helpful to the unity that we have in the body,” Johnson stated.

Johnson meant to gaslight conservatives into thinking the cause he claimed to care about was their cause.

But it soon became clear that he meant something else entirely.

House Democrats told CNN’s Manu Raj that they would vote to save Johnson if he put a bill funding the war in Ukraine on the floor of the House of Representatives.

“Democratic Rep. Jared Moskowitz says he would save Mike Johnson’s job if MTG brings motion to oust him.  Others like Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi also said they would vote to save Johnson. ‘Democrats don’t even let her rename post offices, I’m not gonna let her make a motion to vacate,’ Moskowitz told me,” Raj posted on X.

Democrats providing the votes to save him would be a pyrrhic victory.

He may hang on to his job and live to fight another day.

But it would ultimately prove Greene and Massie right by showing that Johnson is the Democrat Party Speaker of the House.

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