Tom Emmer is the Latest MAGA Minion To Fall in Line Behind Trump
January 3, 2024
In response to House Republican Majority Whip Tom Emmer’s endorsement of Donald Trump, DNC National Press Secretary Sarafina Chitika released the following statement:
“The House Republican chaos conference accomplished nothing for the American people in their first year, except for the only American they care about: Donald Trump. Now, with the endorsement of far-right extremist Tom Emmer, every single member of House GOP leadership has officially endorsed Trump’s 2024 run. Emmer is the latest MAGA minion to throw his support behind Trump’s extreme agenda of threatening our democratic institutions, banning abortion nationwide, endangering access to health care, and slashing essential programs hardworking Americans rely on. MAGA House Republicans continue to fall in line behind Trump and use their majority to do his bidding – but they’ll face the consequences for their deeply unpopular extremism at the ballot box in November.”
Emmer’s endorsement confirms that all of the leaders of the House Republican chaos conference are supporting Trump’s campaign.
Liz Brown-Kaiser, CNN: “All members of House Republican leadership are now backing Donald Trump for president.”
Jake Sherman, Punchbowl News: “One day after @SteveScalise endorsed Trump, @GOPMajorityWhip backs a man who sunk his chance to be speaker.”
Emmer and Trump both share extreme anti-abortion records that include supporting a national abortion ban.
Emmer: “Abortions should always be illegal.”
Trump: “There of course remains a vital role for the federal government in protecting unborn life. And it’s very important.”
Trump: “After 50 years of failure, with nobody coming even close, I was able to kill Roe v. Wade, much to the ‘shock’ of everyone … Without me there would be no 6 weeks, 10 weeks, 15 weeks, or whatever is finally agreed to. Without me the pro Life movement would have just kept losing. Thank you President TRUMP!!!”
Trump: “I’m the one that got rid of Roe v. Wade, and everybody said that was an impossible thing to do. I put on three Supreme Court justices. Very few people have had that privilege or honor.”
Emmer and Trump both want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would endanger health care coverage for 40 million Americans.
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro: “Are you willing, though, to repeal it without a replacement, leaving millions of people potentially uninsured?”
Emmer: “We’re going to repeal this failed law, this misguided law.”
Emmer: “Glad [Trump] is committed to unwinding the disastrous Obamacare.”
MinnPost: “‘In the first hundred days, the Affordable Care Act is going to be dealt with,’ Emmer said. He did not say definitively whether he endorsed the plan Senate leaders have discussed, which would repeal and replace the law on a three-year timeline, or if he wanted everything done sooner. He did say ‘the policy will take a little bit longer, but Obamacare as it exists is done. It will not exist after February.’”
2017: Emmer voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Economic Policy Institute: “Across the country, 29.8 million people would lose their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act were repealed—more than doubling the number of people without health insurance. And 1.2 million jobs would be lost—not just in health care but across the board.”
The Hill: “Former President Trump vowed Monday to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with his own ‘much better’ alternative program, reviving his push to slash the now-popular health care option used by millions of Americans.”
Like Trump, Emmer has repeatedly supported plans to end Social Security and Medicare as we know them – Emmer even said last year that “everything” was on the table for cuts, including these essential programs that America’s seniors rely on.
Emmer: “Everything’s on the table in terms of scrutinizing what we’re spending on, why we’re spending it.”
Newsweek: “In June, the Republican Study Committee [with Emmer] … released a budget plan that included numerous suggested reforms for Medicare and Social Security, including raising the eligibility ages for each program to 67 and 70, respectively. The proposal further called for withholding payments for individuals who retire early or had a certain level of income, and also suggested using private funding sources for Social Security to lower income taxes.”
CNN: “Former President Donald Trump once backed raising the retirement age to 70 and called for privatizing Social Security which he called a ‘Ponzi scheme’ – two positions he has hammered Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for supporting as a former member of Congress and congressional candidate. … but a CNN KFile review found Trump himself also once praised Ryan on Medicare, along with the 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, without praising their specific policy proposal, which called for similar changes to Ryan’s plan.”
Emmer supported attempts to invalidate the results of the 2020 election and refused to denounce Trump and MAGA Republicans’ election conspiracies.
Star Tribune: “Rep. Tom Emmer backs bid to get U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Biden’s win”
“In all, 106 House Republicans signed onto an amicus brief in support of a suit filed last week by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. It attempts to invalidate President-elect Joe Biden’s 62 Electoral College votes in four swing states. Emmer was the only Minnesota Republican to sign on.”
“Like many prominent Republicans, Emmer and his three Republican colleagues in the Minnesota delegation have refused to acknowledge President Donald Trump’s loss, nor have they disputed his barrage of unproven voter fraud claims. After failing in dozens of court challenges nationwide, Trump is trying to join the Supreme Court case. Paxton’s suit repeats disproved and unsupported allegations about mail ballots and voting in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.”
Politico: “[Emmer] stopped short of saying Trump and Republicans should stop pushing false claims that Trump won the election.”
Fox News: “Trump’s statement comes as he continues to make unfounded claims that his 2020 election loss to now-President Biden was due to a ‘rigged’ election rampant with ‘massive voter fraud,’ and who’s pushing partisan election audits in states across the country. Asked about Trump’s comments, Emmer answered that ‘the former president, he’s a private citizen.. he of course, is entitled to his own opinion.’”
October 2022: Emmer refused to directly answer if President Biden was the “legitimately elected president.”