Hannity renews support for Jim Jordan's House speaker bid

Fox News host Sean Hannity renewed his support on Friday for GOP Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanTrump, first lady take part in National Christmas Tree lighting The Hill's Morning Report - Dem impeachment report highlights phone records Lawmakers to watch during Wednesday's impeachment hearing MORE's (Ohio) bid for House Speaker.

Hannity, who had previously endorsed Jordan in May, told the House Freedom Caucus's founding member on his Friday-night show that the far-right caucus had been the most loyal of any group to the president.

“If you become the Speaker — and look, I will support you for Speaker, because I think the Freedom Caucus has been the most committed to fighting to keep their promises and literally the single biggest group fighting to defend the things that are conservative in the country and have helped the president the most," Hannity said.

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Jordan placed blame on current House leadership for not pursuing more stringent cuts to nondefense spending and for not doing more to marginalize Democrats in the lower chamber.

"All too often we forfeit before the debate even happens," Jordan said. "Let's play the game, let's wrestle the match, let's make it happen, doing what we told [our voters] we were going to do."

Jordan faces stiff opposition for his Speaker run from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyCNN Pelosi town hall finishes third in cable news ratings race, draws 1.6M Economy adds 266K jobs in November, blowing past expectations The Hill's Morning Report — Pelosi makes it official: Trump will be impeached MORE (R-Calif.), who is expected to mount his bid for the gavel if Republicans maintain control of the House in November's midterms.

House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse Ethics Committee informs Duncan Hunter he can no longer vote after guilty plea Duncan Hunter pleads guilty after changing plea Trump campaign steps up attacks on Biden MORE (R-Wis.), is retiring from Congress and not seeking reelection this year.

Jordan's bid has faced strong headwinds in recent weeks following an investigation into alleged sexual abuse by a team doctor at The Ohio State University, where Jordan worked as a wrestling coach prior to joining Congress.

Several former team members, including popular MMA fighters, have accused Jordan of knowing about the alleged abuse and of not doing more to stop it.

Jordan has denied the allegations and any knowledge of the alleged abuse when it occurred.

Hannity previously endorsed Jordan on his show in May during an interview with Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzTech finds surprise ally in Trump amid high-stakes tax fight US defense secretary can't label US base attack 'terrorism' at this point Trump: Giuliani to deliver report on Ukraine trip to Congress, Barr MORE (R-Fla.), who also appeared on the program to endorse Jordan's bid.

"That's why Jim Jordan should be Speaker of the House, then we'd have real oversight," Gaetz said at the time.

“Checkmate — I’m not gonna argue,” said Hannity. “For the record, I’m supporting Jim Jordan. I just endorsed him.”