Donald Trump’s aspiration to see a MAGA-aligned Speaker in the House of Representatives could be thwarted by Rep. Tom Emmer’s candidacy. Emmer, a Congressman from Minnesota, is among nine Republicans vying for the Speaker’s role, following the unprecedented ousting of Kevin McCarthy three weeks ago.
The race for the Speaker’s position was reset after Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio withdrew his candidacy, having failed to garner enough party support for the required 217 votes in the House.
Trump, who had endorsed Jordan, is reportedly not in favor of Emmer taking on the influential role, which is third in the line of succession for the presidency. According to Politico, Trump’s reservations about Emmer stem from the Congressman’s perceived lack of loyalty to the MAGA movement and his failure to adequately defend Trump against his four criminal indictments.
While Emmer’s office has denied any tension between him and the former president, stating that Emmer has often praised Trump and received his endorsement in 2022, some of Trump’s closest allies are actively opposing Emmer’s bid for the Speaker’s role.
There is currently no clear frontrunner among the nine candidates, although there are indications that Emmer may be leading the pack, which could complicate matters for Trump.