Meet the 9 Republican Speaker Candidates, Nearly All of Whom Tried to Overturn the 2020 Election

We're going on 3 weeks without a House Speaker and Republicans are now sending in all their wife guys, insurrectionists, and literal randos.


Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas)

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Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas)
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Sessions’ announcement claims he “can forge a positive path as a conservative leader who can unite the Conference.” And it’s this rainbow vomit of toxic positivity that reminds me of his 2022 argument that students can prevent endemic school shootings by *checks notes* “being nice to each other.” If students were “taking time every day to be nice to each other,” they could “identify people who have problems” and intervene to stop a future shooting, he said at a House hearing in the wake of the Uvalde shooting in his state of Texas in June 2022. Whatever he has to tell himself to justify taking approximately zero action to change gun laws and protect young people, I guess.

On top of this, NBC reported in 2019 that Sessions was “unnamed Congressman-1" in an indictment against Rudy Giuliani, which implicated Sessions for accepting thousands in campaign donations from two Russian Trump donors accused of campaign finance violations. On top of this, Insider reported last year that Sessions appeared to violate a federal conflict-of-interest and transparency law by failing to properly report seven of his stock trades from 2021. At least he had enough shame to not pledge to “wEeD oUt cOrRuPtIoN” in his candidacy announcement, I guess.

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