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Majority Whip Tom Emmer's bid for speaker lasted only four hours before he withdrew in the face of strong opposition from a number of right-wing members of the House Republican conference.
Mr Emmer won the nomination for speaker on Tuesday after five rounds of internal voting, but it quickly became clear he would fall short of the 217 votes needed on the floor of the House.
This comes after Donald Trump expressed his displeasure with the outcome of the latest vote to decide who will be the Republican Party's nominee for Speaker of the House.
The former president posted on Truth Social, attacking Mr. Emmer as a “Globalized RINO.”
Mr. Emmer, who joined the House after winning his seat in 2014 after spending six years in the state legislature and losing a tight race for Minnesota governor in 2010, won the first round of voting for the president's nomination after received 78 votes, with Mr. Johnson. comes second with 34 votes.
Mr Emmer's lead increased in the second round, gaining 12 votes. Johnson remained second, earning three votes. In the third ballot, Mr. Emmer got 100 votes, 107 in the fourth and finally 117 in the fifth.
Republican who voted for McCarthy calls for end of Emmer's nomination for speaker
Gustaf Kilander24 October 2023 21:30
Emmer leaves the ongoing conference session
Gustaf Kilander24 October 2023 21:25
‘He was a RINO': Trump comes out swinging against Emer
Former President Donald Trump criticized spokesman Tom Emmer, saying, “He was not a supporter. I mean, he was a RINO.”
Gustaf Kilander24 October 2023 21:13
‘Buzz' for Mike Johnson as speaker hours after Emmer nomination
Gustaf Kilander24 October 2023 21:08
Banks and Green come out against Emmer after Trump trashes the speaker nominee
Gustaf Kilander24 October 2023 21:00
“We need a vegetable that wilts faster than a head of lettuce”
Gustaf Kilander24 October 2023 20:43
“He's the overwhelming voter”
There are many states that Mr. Emmer will have to try to win, including some allies of former President Donald Trump. Mr. Meuser said Mr. Emmer has about “10 reservations,” according to Politico.
With only 221 members in a body of 433 — the House has two vacancies — Mr Emmer can only lose four.
“People are locked in, he explains his position,” said Rep. Tim Burchett of Tennessee. The independent after the vote. “I would hope that he would be able to enter the chamber with only those people who can stand it and that would be the way to go.”
Mr. Burchett was one of eight Republicans who joined with every Democrat to oust Mr. McCarthy, but he voted for Emmer.
“He's the overwhelming voter,” Mr. Burchett said of Mr. Emmer.
Eric Garcia24 October 2023 20:40
Trump slams ‘Globalized RINO' Tom Emmer after winning speaker nomination
Donald Trump expressed his displeasure with the outcome of the latest vote to decide who will be the Republican Party's nominee for Speaker of the House.
As the lunch break neared the end of his New York fraud trial, the former president posted on Truth Social, attacking Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer as a “Globalized RINO.”
Trump wrote: “I have a lot of great friends who want to be Speaker of the House and some are really great Warriors. RINO Tom Emmer, who I don't know well, is not one of them. He never respected the power of a Trump endorsement or the breadth and scope of MAGA—MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”.
He continued: “He fought me all the way and actually spent more time defending Ilhan Omar than me—He's completely out of touch with Republican voters. I think he's learned his lesson now, because he says he's pro-Trump all the way, but who can ever be sure? Has it only changed because that's what it takes to win?'
The former president concluded: “The Republican Party cannot take this opportunity because America's first voters are not there. Voting for a globalized RINO like Tom Emmer would be a tragic mistake!”
Oliver O'Connell24 October 2023 20:21
Emer may go to the floor for a vote in the full House later on Tuesday
The GOP spent hours behind closed doors at a candidate forum Monday night.
Nine candidates were suggested as possible choices – Messrs. Donalds, Johnson, Jack Bergman, Hearn, Dan Meuser, Gary Palmer, Pete Sessions, Austin Scott and Emmer.
Mr Emmer may go to the floor for a vote in the full House later on Tuesday, with his strategy for how to get the necessary support remaining unclear. But allies have said he wants to avoid the disaster that brought down Rep. Jim Jordan by going to the floor only after making sure he has the necessary support, according to Politico.
Majority Leader Steve Scalise, the first nominee since the ouster of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, opted not to go to the floor after private conversations revealed he lacked the necessary support.
Gustaf Kilander24 October 2023 20:15
“He has a lot of work to do”
said spokesman Jim Banks The independent that Mr. Emmer has been “far away” from speaking since Tuesday afternoon. “He has a lot of work to do.”
Asked what his concerns were about Mr Emmer, he said: “I could have voted for any of the others who put themselves on the floor today, but I can't vote for someone who doesn't have a conservative record.”
Eric Garcia24 October 2023 20:00