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Op-ed Placement

Trump Knows a Jim Jordan Speakership Is Good Policy and Politics

BY Noah Wall
Originally Published in The Washington Examiner by Noah Wall on 8/9/18.

President Trump held a rally in Ohio over the weekend to give a last-minute boost to the final special election of 2018. Republican candidate Troy Balderson took the stage to make some remarks, but it was House speaker candidate Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who really stole the show.

The crowd started chanting “Jordan!” and “speaker of the House!” as the congressman took the stage to stand alongside the president. Trump gave Jordan a glowing introduction and called the co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus a “brave, tough cookie.”

If anyone has a finger on the pulse of the GOP base, it’s Trump. Out of all the big names he could have dropped to fire up the likely Republican voters at that rally, he picked Jordan.