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Illinois’ Republican congressmen told supporters over the weekend that they are what’s standing in the way of returning the speaker’s gavel to U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California.
On Saturday, President Donald Trump flew into Murphysboro to rally supporters for Illinois’ GOP delegation.
The local congressman, Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, who’s in a tight race against Democrat Brendan Kelly, said Democrats would give Pelosi their vote for speaker should they retake the House similar to how Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is consistently re-elected by his peers.
“There are some people out there who will say, ‘oh no, that’s not going to be the speaker if the Democrats come into power,’” he said. “I live in the state of Illinois and I’ve watched Mike Madigan become speaker every time when people said it’s not going to happen.”
As a state representative, Bost became <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhbRcDZiJJc&feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">internet-famous</a> for a tirade on the House floor about how reform was being held up due to Madigan’s control over the legislative process.
Taylorville Republican Rodney Davis is fighting for re-election in his district against Democrat Betsie Dirksen Londrigan. He also portrayed Pelosi as the villain in an effort to encourage supporters to go to the polls.
Suburban Republican Randy Hultgren was also in attendance. Peter Roskam, whose suburban district is less friendly to Trump, didn’t attend.
Murphysboro native state Rep. Terri Bryant was given the opportunity to open the event in her hometown of Murphysboro for Trump’s rally.
She predicted downstate Illinois Republicans will weather the surge of Democratic activism across the nation emboldened by Trump.
“That ain’t going to happen,” she said. “‘Because, you know what’s going to happen? We’re going to have a red tsunami!”