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House GOP Nominates Trump Ally Mike Johnson for Speaker After Tom Emmer’s Bid Falls Apart

HeadlineOct 25, 2023

In news from Washington, D.C., House Republicans nominated ultraconservative Louisiana congressmember and Trump ally Mike Johnson as their fourth pick for House speaker. The news came late Tuesday after another chaotic day that saw Majority Whip Tom Emmer nominated for the job, only to drop his bid just hours later. Emmer, a more moderate Republican, failed to gain the support of the far-right flank of his party, as well as Trump, who blasted him on social media and on a call with GOP lawmakers. Trump reportedly declared, “I killed him,” after Emmer’s withdrawal. The Minnesota lawmaker voted in favor of same-sex marriage rights and for the certification of Biden’s 2020 win. The House has been without a speaker for over three weeks following Kevin McCarthy’s ouster.

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