Trump gives extended shoutout to Jim Jordan at Ohio GOP dinner

Trump gives extended shoutout to Jim Jordan at Ohio GOP dinner

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE on Friday praised Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanHillicon Valley: Trump cyber strategy lets US go on offense | AT&T urges court to let Time Warner merger stand | Conservatives want wife of DOJ official to testify | Facebook, nonprofits team up to fight fake news | DC camera hacker pleads guilty FBI memos detail ‘partisan axes,’ secret conflicts behind the Russia election meddling assessment Republicans threaten to subpoena Nellie Ohr MORE’s (R-Ohio) college wrestling career at Ohio's state Republican Party dinner.

“You know, people don’t know this about Jim, he was one of the best wrestlers ever in college wrestling. And when you see the way he fights, every time he fights I say to my wife, ‘look at that guy, that is tough.’ He lost one match in three years of college,” he said.

Jordan, a loyal Trump supporter, announced his bid to replace retiring Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP super PAC drops .5 million on Nevada ad campaign Blue wave poses governing risks for Dems Dems seek to rebuild blue wall in Rust Belt contests MORE (R-Wis.) late last month. His bid for Speaker has been hampered in recent weeks by allegations from former wrestlers at Ohio State University (OSU) claiming that Jordan ignored reports of sexual abuse when he was a coach at OSU.

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Multiple former wrestlers have alleged that Jordan was aware of reported sexual abuse by OSU athletic doctor, Richard Strauss, from the mid-1970s to 1990s. Those wrestlers have alleged that there is no way Jordan could not have been aware of such abuse given the frequency with which it was discussed.

“Jordan definitely knew that these things were happening — yes, most definitely. It was there. He knew about it because it was an everyday occurrence,” former wrestler David Range said.

Jordan has denied claims he was aware of any abuse and called the timing of the allegations, which surfaced around the time he announced his Speakership bid, “suspect.”