‘It’s Over, I Killed Him’: Trump Brags About Sinking ‘RINO’ Tom Emmer’s Bid For Speaker

A new report details just how swiftly and brutally presidential candidate Donald Trump sank Tom Emmer's bid for House Speaker.
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A new report details just how swiftly and brutally the presidential candidate Donald Trump sank Tom Emmer’s bid for House Speaker.

Representative Emmer (R-MN) had earned a strong endorsement from former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who described him as the “right person for the job.”

The Minnesota lawmaker was nominated by House Republicans in a secret ballot vote Tuesday morning.

Before the day had ended, however, Emmer, who has been defined by his detractors as a moderate choice, had ended his bid, and another man, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), had been nominated.

What caused Emmer’s bid to crash and burn in such spectacular fashion?

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Trump Sinks Emmer Bid For Speaker

Politico published a veritable timeline of events that implies that the former President was responsible for sinking Emmer’s bid for Speaker within hours, if not minutes.

Trump published a post to his Truth Social media platform that thoroughly eviscerated the McCarthy-endorsed GOP lawmaker as a “RINO” who is “out of touch with Republican voters.”

Judging by the fact that centrist clowns joined Democrats in sinking the nomination of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and keep throwing moderates up at the wall until somebody sticks, the vast majority of Republicans seem out of touch with their voters.

Trump indicated that Emmer as Speaker “would be a tragic mistake.”

Trump knew what he was doing by making that post. He also knows the power he still wields over the Republican party, even as some moderates continue to try to distance themselves from the far-and-away leader for the presidential nomination in 2024.

Trump, according to Politico, had sent a message to an associate bragging about what he had just done to Emmer’s attempt to gain the gavel.

“He’s done. It’s over. I killed him,” he said.

The report indicates that it took “just minutes” after that message went through before “Emmer officially dropped out of the race.”

“It showed that while Trump may not be able to elevate someone to the post … he can very well ensure that a person doesn’t get it,” Politico writes.

The former President had actually voiced support for McCarthy previously, and also endorsed Jordan when he was nominated.

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He ‘Killed’ Him – But Why?

While the former President described Emmer as a “RINO” in his criticism of the nomination for Speaker, and there were some rumblings about his vote to codify federal recognition for same-sex marriage last year, Trump’s disdain may have stemmed from something more personal.

Emmer, unlike the other candidates thus far for Speaker, voted to certify the 2020 presidential election results. He also criticized Trump for backing primary challenges to moderate Republican candidates for the midterm elections.

“He can do whatever he wants,” Emmer said at the time. “But I would tell him that it’s probably better for us that we keep these people and we make sure that we have a majority that can be sustained going forward.”

The majority means jack squat when a vast portion of it despises its own voters and constantly props up moderates who want nothing more than to work with Democrats. The same Democrats who will never – ever – work with them.

Trump said in his post that Emmer “never respected the power of a Trump endorsement.”

Surely he sees now, at least, the power of not having the man in your corner.

Trump said he would not endorse Johnson or any of the other candidates earning votes for Speaker going forward, but said each were “fine and very talented men.”

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