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alert-–-house-speaker-fiasco:-republican-mike-johnson-becomes-fourth-gop-nominee-in-three-weeks-after-whip-tom-emmer-drops-outAlert – House speaker fiasco: Republican Mike Johnson becomes FOURTH GOP nominee in three weeks after Whip Tom Emmer drops out

Louisiana Republican Rep. Mike Johnson is the party’s fourth choice for a speaker nominee in just three weeks, following Whip Tom Emmer who dropped out after Donald Trump came after him for not being ‘pro-Trump.’

Johnson is the House Republicans’ second nominee of the day after Whip Tom Emmer stepped aside after pressure from the far-right and Trump himself, who called him a ‘Globalist RINO.’ 

Congress remains paralyzed and can’t pass any legislation until a speaker is elected.   

In a secret ballot, Johnson with 128 votes beat out Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., who got 29 votes, and forty-four votes went to candidates who weren’t even in the running: 43 for former speaker Kevin McCarthy and one for Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan. 

Johnson can only afford to lose four Republican votes on the House floor and become the next speaker – and seems like the first nominee to actually have a shot at doing so. 

Louisiana Republican Rep. Mike Johnson is the party’s fourth choice for a speaker nominee, winning 128 votes in an internal conference ballot

Freedom Caucus-aligned right-wing Republicans praised Johnson on the way out of a vote for his nomination – as did moderates aligned with former Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Johnson can only afford to lose four Republican votes on the House floor and become the next speaker – and seems like the first nominee to actually have a shot at doing so. 

‘He’s who we needed all along,’ said Rep. Bob Good, R-Va.  

Johnson told reporters he is ‘very confident’ he can get to 217 votes on the House floor tomorrow. 

After the nomination vote, Republicans held a roll call vote to test how he would fare on the House floor where all members either voted for Johnson or voted ‘present.’ 

Criticisms that have been floated – but have not come up widely – for Johnson include that putting him in the speakership would give Louisiana two leadership spots, together with Majority Leader Steve Scalise. 

They could also include his conservative voting record and the fact that he led an amicus brief signed by more than 100 Republicans to a Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election. 

Johnson’s nomination came as one idea circulating among Republicans was a joint speakership between former Speaker Kevin McCarthy and failed speaker nominee Jordan. 

Some Republicans balked at the idea. 

‘It does not exist in the Constitution,’ said McCarthy supporter Rep. John Duarte, R-Calif.

‘It’s the worst idea I’ve ever heard,’ said Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Texas.

House Republicans reached another new low on Tuesday as their latest nominee for speaker lasted just four hours – after Donald Trump called him a ‘Globalist RINO.’

Majority Whip Tom Emmer became the latest victim of the Congressional GOP clown show as he withdrew from the running and upended the party’s bid to install a speaker after 21 days.

The former hockey coach beat eight candidates to win the support of the majority of the conference in a closed-door ballot, but just hours later he was out.

There is still no end in sight to the farce that began three weeks ago when eight rebel Republicans ousted Kevin McCarthy in a historic vote.

Although he was elected the nominee earlier Tuesday, Emmer did not have enough support from fellow Republicans to get to the 217 votes needed for victory on the House floor. Twenty-six GOP lawmakers said they would not vote for him – well over the four he could afford to lose.

And his downfall was solidified after he was targeted by Donald Trump on Truth Social. 

Emmer’s downfall was solidified after he was targeted by Donald Trump on Truth Social

Trump has been in court Tuesday for his civil fraud trial at the New York State Supreme Court

‘I have many wonderful friends wanting to be Speaker of the House, and some are truly great Warriors. RINO Tom Emmer, who I do not know well, is not one of them,’ Trump wrote on Truth Social. 

‘He never respected the Power of a Trump Endorsement, or the breadth and scope of MAGA—MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! He fought me all the way, and actually spent more time defending Ilhan Omar, than he did me—He is totally out-of-touch with Republican Voters.’ 

Emmer has called his fellow Minnesotan Omar ‘the face of antisemitism in the Democrat Party.’

Trump went on: ‘I believe he has now learned his lesson, because he is saying that he is Pro-Trump all the way, but who can ever be sure? Has he only changed because that’s what it takes to win? The Republican Party cannot take that chance, because that’s not where the America First Voters are. Voting for a Globalist RINO like Tom Emmer would be a tragic mistake! 

A Trump ally told that Emmer’s vote in favor of the Equality Act – supporting gay marriage – is considered a ‘slippery slope’ for social conservatives concerned about the rise of men competing in women’s sports and other issues. 

He also voted to certify the 2020 election – which contributed to some ‘never-Emmer’ votes. 

Just one day ago Trump said at an event in New Hampshire he has ‘always gotten along’ with Emmer.  

The 26 Republicans who voted against Emmer were largely from the Trump-aligned, far-right Freedom Caucus. But Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., the infamous McCarthy ouster and staunch Trump supporter, had been pushing Emmer’s candidacy. 

He appeared to change his tune after Trump’s cry to tank Emmer’s bid. 

‘It’s really important that the Speaker of the House have a good relationship with the leader of our party, That’s Donald Trump,’ said Gaetz later Tuesday. 

After Trump’s post, another Republican, Florida Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, came out against Emmer. 

She suggested putting up Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., who leads the House Homeland Security Committee. 

Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., who ran against Emmer for whip, also tore into the Minnesota Republican after the vote, calling him the ‘single most liberal member of leadership.’ 

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., slammed Emmer on X after Trump’s post. 

Former President Donald Trump came out against Emmer in a Truth Social post while he was in court in NYC

Emmer’s nomination came after 21 days without a House speaker

Emmer’s chances for victory were foiled by members of the far-right caucus

‘Today I voted against Tom Emmer on all rounds of voting including the spoken roll call vote because he has a voting record I can’t support,’ she said. 

‘He voted for Democrat gay marriage bill, voted with Democrats to overturn President Trump’s transgender military ban, voted for every penny of Ukraine funding, at one time supported the Soros national popular vote scheme, and voted to certify Biden’s 2020 election.’

Emmer’s decision to drop out comes after 21 days without a House speaker. 

Reps. Kevin Hern, R-Ala., and Mike Johnson, R-La., have already stated their intention to be reconsidered for the speaker position. They ran and lost against Emmer earlier Tuesday. 

Earlier this month, Gaetz launched a successful motion to vacate where eight Republicans voted with all Democrats to oust McCarthy. 

On Monday Republicans started with nine declared candidates, but whittled the pack down until Emmer captured 117 votes – more than the 110 votes needed to secure the majority – beating out GOP Conference Vice Chair Mike Johnson, R-La., who got 97, to become the speaker-designee. Five votes went to ‘other’ candidates and one lawmaker voted ‘present.’

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