First on Fox: House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-Los Angeles, responded to his critics inside the Republican caucus in a closed-door meeting of members Tuesday morning.
Three sources who were in the room told Fox News Digital that Johnson said something to the effect of, “We shouldn’t go out and tackle our quarterback before we even run the play.”
The three sources said it was a response to public criticism that had begun to emerge as old divisions in the House GOP were temporarily pushed aside by Johnson’s election as speaker.
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This is a notable acknowledgment of the backlash from Johnson, who has not spoken publicly about any frustrations with wayward members of his conference.
Rep. Max Miller, Republican of Ohio, said he would give Johnson a “D-minus” grade as speaker in comments to reporters last week.
“I’ve lost a lot of confidence,” Miller said after another closed-door meeting of the Republican Convention. “He was never morally guilty of his values to begin with, in the six years he spent here as a member. Is this the kind of person I would follow to the gates of hell and trust to go into conference with the Senate? Absolutely not.” “.
House Republicans expect a vote on formalizing the Biden impeachment inquiry “soon.”
Miller also called out Johnson in an interview with Politico, calling him a “joke.”
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, was a vocal critic of Johnson’s decisions as speaker. She called his continuing resolution (CR) aimed at avoiding a government shutdown a “failure.”
Before that, she said in a November interview with The Daily Caller: “You know, at our conference, we had Matt Gaetz and seven other Republicans announce red lines, where any speaker who passes on a trade report or who funds the war in Ukraine should be fired.” “. “.
“He faces the same challenges from the same people,” one source who spoke with Fox News Digital about Johnson’s struggles said.
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They emphasized that Miller and Greene are leading critics of Johnson and suggested that the House speaker may have problems with the same Republicans who opposed former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
Fox News Digital reached out to Johnson’s office for comment but did not immediately receive a response.