Jake Tapper Schools House GOP For Treating Speakership Like 'Prom King'

The CNN host had some sharp words for Republicans after Rep. Jim Jordan's speaker bid failed Friday.
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Jake Tapper scorched House Republicans and “humbly” offered the GOP some advice as the chamber’s speaker search continues, following Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) failing in his third attempt to take the gavel.

“The country needs a speaker,” the CNN host said Friday during an interview with Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) on “The Lead.”

“This isn’t about, you know, prom king. Like, we need a functioning legislative branch,” he added.

Tapper’s comments come as Republicans go back to square one after Jordan’s hopes to secure the speakership burned out.

Republicans, who’ve looked for someone to replace Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) since he was ousted from the chamber’s top job earlier this month, have been unable to rally behind a speaker candidate who could earn the required 217 votes from the 221-member GOP conference.

Tapper, on his show, asked Womack if the party has considered ranked choice voting to find a “compromise candidate.”

Womack, who ripped members of the GOP for “peeing on the electric fence” elsewhere in the interview, noted “deep wounds,” “hurt feelings” and “some angry people” within the party before the CNN host interjected.

“I know, but you know what? None of us out here care. It’s just like, get over it,” said Tapper, who compared a social media fight between Reps. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) and Greg Murphy (R-N.C.) to “high school.”

“That’s kind of offensive to high school people because it’s really junior high stuff,” Womack responded.

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