In a failed attempt to smear the reputation of House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), a liberal media outlet has found itself facing backlash. The Daily Beast recently published an article titled “Does New Speaker of the House Mike Johnson Have a Bank Account?”, in which they questioned Johnson’s financial status and implied that he would use his time in Congress to become a wealthy lobbyist in the future. However, this hit piece has only led to mocking and criticism of the outlet.
Hit Piece Against Speaker Mike Johnson Backfires BADLY On The Left https://t.co/wnMiMbU94H
— Rightwingmadman (@Rightwingmadman) November 2, 2023
Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) responded to the article by sarcastically saying, “Cry more,” which garnered support from others. One podcaster named Joey Mannarino sarcastically asked whether people should be angry that Johnson can relate to their financial struggles. These reactions highlight the absurdity of attacking a public servant for not possessing personal wealth.
The article also mentions the requirement for members of Congress to report their income, taxes paid, and stock holdings. While Johnson’s ethics disclosures may have raised questions, it is worth noting that even former Speaker Nancy Pelosi has faced scrutiny over her stock trading activities. These requirements are in place to ensure transparency among lawmakers, but they are not infallible.
Democrats have already started using Johnson’s election as an opportunity to fundraise, spreading fear about potential rollbacks of LGBT rights and abortion protections. This tactic exemplifies the divisive nature of politics, as both sides try to rally support and demonize their opponents. However, it is important to judge Speaker Johnson based on his actions rather than fall into the trap of partisan fearmongering.
Despite the hit piece and the negative portrayal of Speaker Johnson as a “scary” Christian, he has remained silent on the matter. Instead, he has let his work speak for itself. On his first day, Johnson proposed legislation to meet President Biden’s request for financial assistance to Israel. However, unlike Biden’s plan to burden future generations with the cost, Johnson suggested using previously allocated funds to cover the expenses. He has also expressed his intention to pursue the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Biden.
The failed hit piece against House Speaker Mike Johnson not only backfired but also highlighted the ridiculousness of attacking public officials for their personal wealth or lack thereof. Speaker Johnson’s actions and proposals since taking office demonstrate his commitment to his constituents and pragmatic approach to legislation. As the political landscape heats up, it is crucial to remember that partisan fearmongering distracts from the real issues at hand.