After several weeks of not having a Speaker of the House, the GOP have finally settled on a replacement for the deposed Kevin McCarthy. The lucky winner is Representative Mike Johnson of Louisiana. Johnson was first elected to Congress in 2016, which makes him the least experienced Speaker since John G. Carlisle in 1883.
Many have never heard of him, so I will review some facts about him that might be of interest to those on the dissident Right.
Mike Johnson has an A rating at NumbersUSA
I’m starting with the good news.
NumbersUSA is an immigration watch website that ranks political candidates. VDare references it all the time. Mike Johnson gets good marks across the board. According to NumbersUSA, he has one blemish: “Rep. Johnson has not sponsored H.R. 1100 to end the Visa Lottery.” If you had to pick one issue for the new Speaker of the House to be strong on, it’s immigration, and Johnson has been solid on that so far. That’s good — but it’s all downhill from there.
Mike Johnson is a socially conservative Evangelical Protestant
This means that there is an excellent chance he will eventually get caught smoking meth with a male prostitute in a public restroom. I don’t have anything against Christians per se, but the Christian Right has been a complete embarrassment in recent decades, particularly due to their stubborn denialism of long-settled science. In 2014, Mike Johnson worked as a lawyer for Ken Ham pro bono. Ham is a Young Earth creationist who believes the world is only 6,000 years old. Johnson even helped Ham to get state funding for his Noah’s Ark amusement park.
The main problem with Evangelicals is that creationism is antithetical to race realism, which accepts the theory of evolution. A creationist can of course still hold that God created the races unequally, but I don’t think anyone believes that anymore. The whole “God created blacks to be our slaves” thing went out of style long ago.
some select photos from the ark encounter that speaker-designate mike johnson worked for — one claiming there was dinosaurs on the ark; another claiming there were 1,400 animal “kinds” on it; and finally, a panel claiming that young earth creationism is biblically solid https://t.co/2KJBU2G0LB pic.twitter.com/zRdICcmfJd
— hannah gais (@hannahgais) October 25, 2023
Mike Johnson is a fanatical Zionist
Johnson is pretty Jewed up. In 2021-2022, his top donor was American Israel Public, and in 2020, he visited Israel along with a radical settler activist group. The very first thing Johnson did after becoming Speaker of the House was put forward a bill affirming Congress’ support for Israel. It passed 412 to 10, with six members abstaining. Granted, this is a non-binding resolution that does not provide any money — that will come later. But it’s hard not to take it as an ill omen.
“Blessed are those who bless Israel.” (Gen. 12:3) pic.twitter.com/m5oBP82kvr
— Speaker Mike Johnson (@SpeakerJohnson) October 16, 2023
That said, Johnson is not a complete tool for the military-industrial complex. He has an F rating from Republicans for Ukraine. While he voted for the Ukraine Lend-Lease Act, he has voted against every Ukraine aid bill since then.
Mike Johnson has an adopted black son named Michael that may or may not be imaginary.
In a 2019 hearing on slavery reparations, Johnson said:
Many of my colleagues in this committee may not be aware, in addition to our four children at home, my wife and I have a much older son who happens to be African American. We took custody of Michael and made him part of our family 22 years ago when we were just newlyweds and Michael just 14 and out on the streets and on a dangerous path.
In 1997, Mike Johnson would have been 25 years old. So he has a “black son” who is only 11 years younger than him. Nothing weird about that.
Granted, there are some people who question whether this black son actually exists, or even if he does, whether the adoption was legal. First of all, black people have not been named “Michael” in a very long time. Secondly, Michael is not mentioned in any of Johnson’s official biographies. The first time that Johnson ever acknowledged his black son’s existence was during a Congressional hearing on slavery reparations in which he said his black son strongly opposed it on libertarian grounds. Right. And then everyone clapped.
After the big reveal, Johnson was asked to elaborate on this mysterious black son, to which Johnson’s spokesman replied, “The Congressman will not be commenting further than what was said today in committee out of respect for Michael, his privacy, and their relationship.” So we have to just take Mike Johnson at his word that this guy exists.
You all remember when @RepMikeJohnson from the Reparations Hearing yesterday, claimed he had a “Black son” who he took in? And this mysterious Black son told him that Black folks don’t need reparations? How come there are NO photos of this “Black son” in any of the family photos? pic.twitter.com/2nBEA1Bhre
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) June 21, 2019
Johnson is a total race cuck who believes in white privilege and systemic racism
Shortly after Geroge Floyd died of a drug overdose, Mike Johnson said the following at a Congressional hearing on the matter:
This is the first public hearing we’ve had since the terrible event that occurred in Minneapolis last week and there are some things that I think that anyone objectively observing these events can see and should agree on. The facts show that Mr. George Floyd appears to have been the victim of murder and I personally don’t believe that a close review of the video can lead anyone to any other conclusion. The tragedy has focused the spotlight once again . . . on the deep seeded problems we still have in this country. I think all of us agree that the crisis necessitates authentic reconciliation and transformative solutions for systematic change.
My prayer is that God will heal our nation and help us to see one another as He does. We should all agree that the murder of #GeorgeFloyd and the deep-seeded problems we have in this country necessitate authentic reconciliation and transformative solutions for systematic change. pic.twitter.com/AWmv62DmC7
— Speaker Mike Johnson (@SpeakerJohnson) June 3, 2020
In another video, Mike Johnson waxes philosophical about his son Jack — the one whose existence is not in dispute — and how he has an easier way through life than his other, potentially imaginary black son:
My son Jack, ironically, this year is 14, and I’ve thought often throughout all these ordeals over the last couple of weeks about the difference in experiences between my two 14-year-old sons, Michael being a black American and Jack being white Caucasian. They have different challenges. My son Jack has an easier path. He just does. The interesting thing about both of these kids Michael and Jack is that they are both handsome, articulate, talented kids, gifted by God to do lots of things but the reality is, and no one can tell me otherwise, my son Michael had a harder time than Jack is going to have simply because of the color of his skin.
Full clip of the new GOP speaker saying that George Floyd was murdered and we need systemic changes to fix the racism in our country pic.twitter.com/vup6jX69KL
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) October 25, 2023
I’m leaning toward the black son being imaginary, because Johnson only seems to bring him up in order to make political points. Or if he does exist, I think Johnson is greatly exaggerating their relationship. My guess is that Michael was Johnson’s teenage weed dealer who he let crash on his couch for a while.
In all, it’s good that the new Speaker is an immigration hawk, but if he doesn’t have any racial consciousness, I’m not sure how much he can be trusted not to cuck on the issue, especially if it comes into conflict with other matters he’s more passionate about.
FLASHBACK: GOP Speaker nominee Mike Johnson called cutting Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security “the #1 priority”
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) October 25, 2023
But the thing that worries me the most is the black son — even though my suspicion is that he doesn’t exist. Regardless, if he doesn’t in fact have a black son, then he might very well be a pathological liar.
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