Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) is condemning death threats made on his behalf against Republican lawmakers who oppose his bid for speaker.
“No American should accost another for their beliefs,” Jordan wrote on X, formerly Twitter, on Wednesday. “We condemn all threats against our colleagues and it is imperative that we come together. Stop. It’s abhorrent.”
Jordan’s comments came after Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) released a statement saying she has been receiving death threats since she switched her vote from Jordan to Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) on the second ballot.
“I have received credible death threats and a barrage of threatening calls. The proper authorities have been notified and my office is cooperating fully,” she wrote. “One thing I cannot stomach, or support is a bully.”
Miller-Meeks is one of six GOP lawmakers who changed their votes on the second ballot Wednesday after supporting Jordan in the first round.
Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) also said his wife has been receiving anonymous threats over his vote for speaker. Bacon voted for former Speaker Kevin McCarthy on the first and second ballots
Jordan suffered an embarrassing defeat during the first round of voting Tuesday afternoon, with 20 Republicans casting their ballots against him. On the second ballot Wednesday, that number climbed to 22.
A third vote is scheduled for Thursday and some Republican lawmakers are already predicting that the number of anti-Jordan votes will increase.