According to Politico and other media outlets that reported on the Minnesota congressman’s resignation, the reason his candidacy failed was the same as that of his two predecessors, Steve Scalise and Jim Jordan – a large portion of Republican congressmen refused to vote for him. .
According to the Washington Post, the politician’s defeat was also caused by criticism of Donald Trump, who, immediately after Emmer’s nomination, described him on his social networking site TRUTH Social as a “globalist” and a “Reno”, that is, a “nominal Republican.” Only” (Republican in name only) and that voting for him would be a “tragic mistake.” Trump supporters also accused him of being too liberal. Emmer was one of the biggest supporters of more aid to Ukraine.
Only on Monday, Trump announced that after the defeat of the candidate he supports, Jim Jordan, he does not intend to interfere in the process of selecting a new president. He also added that there is only one person who can win the required majority of Republican votes: Jesus Christ.
Who is Tom Emmer?
Tom Emmer acts as whip, i.e. responsible for party discipline. This is the third role in the party hierarchy in the House of Representatives. Earlier, the extremist wing of the Republicans led to the dismissal of the party leader, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, and spoiled the nomination of the second man in the House structures, Majority Leader Steve Scalise. As for Jordan, it lost due to the resistance of moderate politicians.
As a result of the ongoing partisan fighting and the vacancy of the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives, his legislative work cannot continue. This means that until the vacancy is filled, Congress cannot adopt a new budget (the current interim budget expires on November 17) or the package of funds to aid Ukraine and Israel that the White House has requested.
The fate of the election of the Speaker of Parliament is unclear. According to the Punchbull News website, Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson, Vice Chairman of the Republican Caucus in the House of Representatives, is expected to announce his candidacy. Emmer defeated him in Tuesday’s vote by more than 20 votes.
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