Trump comes out against Emmer for speaker as he struggles to lock down 217; calls Emmer a RINO pic.twitter.com/Gl1S21pI4B— Melanie Zanona (@MZanona) October 24, 2023
TRUMP: "Tom Emmer - looks like he's finished. Looks like he's finished. He was not a supporter. He was a RINO. And looks like he's finished. But we'll see. You never know. You never know."— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) October 24, 2023
"Do you support anyone else as Speaker, sir?"
TRUMP: "I'll let you know. I'll let you know" pic.twitter.com/8SCqlYuM2I
Just hours after Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) won the Republican Conference’s nomination to be House speaker on Tuesday, former President Donald Trump took to Truth Social to deride the congressman as “totally out-of-touch with Republican Voters” and a “Globalist RINO.” He then got on the phone with members to express his aversion for Emmer and his bid for speaker. By Tuesday afternoon Trump called one person close to him with the message, “He’s done. It’s over. I killed him.” Just minutes later, Emmer officially dropped out of the race.