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 JordanCheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules This week: Raucous rules fight, opening arguments in impeachment trial 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 McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Cheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter Mark Mellman: A failure of GOP leadership 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 RyanHill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders for 'inability to actually fight with bad actors' in party Biden fires back at Sanders on Social Security Warren now also knocking Biden on Social Security 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) GaetzGaetz in Twitter battle with Florida House Republican Apple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones Conservatives slam Warren's call to put transgender women in women's prisons 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.”