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Trump Issues Response to Long-Serving GOP Lawmaker Who Is Retiring

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Former President Donald Trump issued an unforgiving response to a Republican lawmaker who announced his retirement on the House floor Tuesday morning.

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), who served since 1986, is one of a handful of GOP House members who voted to impeach Trump following the Jan. 6 riot.

Fox News reported:

Upton is among the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment. He is now the 16th Republican to retire or seek another office ahead of the 2022 midterms, compared with 31 Democrats.

Michigan lost a congressional seat after the 2020 census, and under new redistricting maps, Upton would have faced Rep. Bill Huizenga in a member vs. member primary, had he run for re-election. 

In addressing his soon-to-be-former House colleagues, Upton touted his bipartisanship through the years.

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“Reagan worked both sides of the aisle to get things done, caring less about who got the credit,” he said. “And I made a promise that such a principle would be my guiding light. Especially in these days of divided government that is the only way one can actually get legislation enacted.”

“Hopefully civility and bipartisanship versus discord can rule, not rue, the day,” Upton noted further.

To the point of bipartisanship, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), took to the floor after Upton’s speech to praise him.

“His retiring is a loss for this country and especially the people of Michigan,” Dingell said.

Besides Upton, Republican Reps. Adam Kinzinger, John Katko and Anthony Gonzalez also voted to impeach Trump and have previously said they are retiring.

Trump issued a short statement after the news broke that Upton is stepping down.

“UPTON QUITS! 4 down and 6 to go. Others losing badly, who’s next?”

Trump has not announced that he will run for president a third time in 2024, but he has dropped a lot of hints that he plans to do so if the GOP retakes the House, which is looking more and more likely.

However, some GOP lawmakers have other plans for the former president, as reported by the site Patriots for President Trump:

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has made a pledge to former President Donald Trump should the GOP manage to retake control of the House in the November midterms.

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Specifically, Gaetz will make good on a previous suggestion to nominate Trump to be Speaker of the House since, under the Constitution, the Speaker does not have to be a current sitting member of Congress.

During a Trump rally in Georgia on Saturday, Gaetz told a screaming crowd that he wants to “fire Nancy Pelosi” and nominate Trump as the Speaker.

“There is no greater country than America! There is no greater president than Donald J. Trump! And if you don’t mind me saying so, there is not a better member of Congress than Marjorie Taylor Greene,” Gaetz said.

“Give us the ability to fire Nancy Pelosi, take back the majority, impeach Joe Biden, and I’m going to nominate Donald Trump for Speaker of the United States House of Representatives,” Gaetz said as the crowd yelled its emphatic approval.

Former state Democratic Rep. Vernon Jones, who is running for a U.S. House seat as a Republican, would also nominate and support Trump as Speaker.

“On Day One in Congress, I’ll file Articles of Impeachment against both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for the betrayal of public trust,” he wrote, adding this shocker: “Then I’ll cast my vote for President Trump to be Speaker and invite my colleagues to join me.

“It’s time to throw out the old playbook,” Jones, a staunch ally of the former president, said without elaborating further.

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