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Who Is Jim Jordan? Narrated by Sean Patton

The congressman seems to be obsessed with the Ukraine whistleblower, allegedly turned a blind eye to rampant sexual abuse while working at Ohio State, and has proven himself to be the #1 ally to Kim Davis.

Jim Jordan is President Donald Trump’s animated anti-impeachment darling, who likes to frequently brag about all his cool accomplishments.

James Daniel Jordan was born in 1964, about 50 miles west of Columbus, deep in the Democratic stronghold of Champaign County, Ohio. In high school, Jordan was a four-time state champion wrestler. He’d continue tapping people out at the University of Wisconsin, where he won two NCAA Division I wrestling titles in the lightweight class.

Ignoring Sexual Abuse Reports

In 1987, Jordan became an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University, where he’d work until 1995. About 200 of the school’s alums are suing the university, alleging that sports doctor Richard Strauss sexually abused them. Nine of Jim Jordan’s former wrestlers came forward to say that Jordan knew of the sexual abuse and did nothing to stop it. The stories, which are hard to listen to, paint a picture of Jordan’s complicity during this time. In just one instance, a referee reported an incident to Jordan in 1994 in which Strauss allegedly masturbated in front of him in the shower after a match. In response, Jordan — at the time — reportedly said, “Yeah, that’s Strauss.” In a separate event, when one of Jordan’s wrestlers told him that the doctor touched him inappropriately, Jordan reportedly snickered and said, “I have nothing to do with this,” before walking away. A former wrestler under Jordan turned UFC star, Mark Coleman, backed up the accounts of complicity.

During a segment on Fox News, they reported that, “The WSJ talked to the former UFC champion, Mark Coleman, who says he has an affinity for [Jordan], likes [him] a lot, but he says quote, ‘There’s no way unless he’s got dementia or something that he’s got no recollection of what was going on at Ohio State. I have nothing but respect for this man, I love this man, but he knew as far as I’m concerned.’”

Jordan denies that anyone ever reported allegations of sexual abuse to him. 

“If there had been any reports of abuse I would have reported it,” he said.

A similar series of unfortunate events went down at Penn State when Joe Paterno, the football team’s head coach, was fired for turning a blind eye to accusations of rape and child sex abuse by assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Apparently NCAA football has a higher standard than the American government. 

Law Degree But Not a Lawyer

Jordan went on to earn a master’s degree in education and later a JD from Capital University Law School in 2001. He never passed the bar exam. 

While Jordan was seemingly not listening to allegations of sexual abuse in collegiate sports, he was simultaneously jumping into the world of politics, where complicity and enabalism is apparently rewarded. In 1994, Jordan was elected to the Ohio General Assembly, serving three terms as a state representative. In 2006, Jordan was elected to Congress, where he’s been yelling during hearings ever since.

Strictly Anti-LGBTQ 

In 2011, Jordan withdrew from a speaking engagement and boycotted the Conservative Political Action Conference because a gay conservative group was allowed to attend. The same year, Jordan tried to overturn same-sex marriage in D.C. In 2016, he invited Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for not registering same-sex couples, to the State of the Union address. Jordan also voted “No” on protecting gay people from hate crimes.

“Marriage should be what it’s always been. I’ve never changed on that and never will,” said Jordan. 

During the 2018 midterm elections, Jordan announced his bid for House Speaker after Paul Ryan resigned. But Jordan lost doubly.  The Democrats won house majority and he was defeated by Kevin McCarthy, who became the minority leader. According to a Trump University co-founder, McCarthy is not tough or smart. It’s unclear what that means for Jordan.

Complicity is Required to Support Trump

But losing to an allegedly very weak and very dumb person didn’t keep Jordan out of the limelight. He’d use up most of his time consistently going to bat for Donald Trump.  And because Jordan’s been such a staunch supporter of someone capable of a “perfect phone call” with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky, he was moved to the Intel Committee for the impeachment hearings, where he’s been the loudest defender of Trump.

Jordan wants the identity of the whistleblower, who came forward with information that Trump suspended military aid to Ukraine and asked President Zelensky to “do us a favor” and investigate the Bidens, to be made public. But thankfully for the law, the ex-wrestler has finally found something that he can’t quite pin down. And it’s driving him mad.

“There is one witness who they won’t bring in front of the American people. And that’s the guy that started it all: the whistleblower,” said Jordan.

While Jordan believes there was no quid pro quo, Trump’s hand-picked ambassador says otherwise. The U.S. ambassador to the E.U. and Trump mega donor, Gordon Sondland, testified during the House impeachment inquiry that he was following Trump’s orders when he pressured Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and that many in the administration knew about it. Sondland said this was a clear “quid pro quo.”

Jordan must have misunderstood Sondland’s testimony, because following it, he said this: “I thought this morning with ambassador Sondland, we got the right kind of information. There was never any type of quid pro quo.”

While Jordan could be lying for Trump, it’s also possible that he’s just not listening, which is something he made a career out of at Ohio State University.

Sticking your neck out for a president — whom 70% of Americans say was wrong to request a foreign leader to investigate his biggest political rival — is an extremely risky endeavor for Jordan to partake in. His future in politics will be made or broken by his unwavering support for the man in the Oval Office. But considering Jordan’s history of turning a blind eye to atrocious and possibly criminal behavior, he decidedly won’t be wrestling with his own poor leadership for years to come.