A Trump presidency and a Johnson speakership could be a ‘perfect complement to one another,’ according to Capitol Hill veterans and GOP lawmakers.
It’s possible that on Jan. 20, 2025, former President Donald Trump will be inaugurated for a second time, and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) will have retained his position as speaker of the House.
The pair of men, who heartily agree on most issues but are virtually polar opposites in how they see themselves, their political allies, and their opponents, could be the two most prominent officials in the nation’s capital.
How well they work together toward their many shared goals for America will shape how much each is able to accomplish.
Given their opposite approaches, the odds of getting a lot done might not appear great. Even so, prominent national political figures and observers interviewed by The Epoch Times express great confidence that much will be accomplished if the scenario becomes reality in 15 months.
To be sure, temperamentally, President Trump and Mr. Johnson couldn’t be less alike. Mr. Johnson is a man with a profoundly different, quieter approach to governing.
For President Trump, every criticism, every expression that’s even remotely less than unqualified support almost invariably prompts a barrage of counterattacks. A common observation is that President Trump can’t help himself, and that he’s his own worst enemy in politics.
That said, the man uniquely tapped the central nervous system of U.S. politics in 2016 with his tough border policies, demands that America stop shipping manufacturing jobs to China, cutting of federal taxes and regulation, achieving energy independence, and restoring fear and respect for the nation among its foreign adversaries.
The MAGA Agenda
The Trump agenda was then and remains today most succinctly captured in the slogan “Make America Great Again,” or MAGA. The term MAGA is the ultimate opprobrium among Democrats, yet the latest New York Times/Siena College poll finds President Trump likely to win an even bigger victory than he did in 2016 if the 2024 election were held today.
Mr. Johnson enthusiastically backs much of the Trump agenda.