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 embarks on Twitter spree amid impeachment inquiry, Syria outrage Testimony from GOP diplomat complicates Trump defense The Hill's Morning Report - Tempers boil over at the White House 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 McCarthyHouse Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment GOP leader defends Mulvaney amid backlash over quid pro quo comments Republicans seek to delay effort to censure Schiff after Cummings' death 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 RyanAmash: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials Democrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Three-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate 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) GaetzLawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings The Hill's Morning Report - Tempers boil over at the White House Schiff says committees will eventually make impeachment inquiry transcripts public 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.”