Trump Receives Backing Of Entire House GOP Leadership Team
Former President Donald Trump just received key endorsements from every House Republican who serves in a leadership position.
This week, Reps. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Tom Emmer (R-MN) joined with other Republicans in the House to issue their endorsements of Trump as the GOP presidential nominee ahead of the Iowa caucuses, which kick off in less than two weeks.
Emmer, who is the majority whip, published a statement to the social media platform X calling for the entire GOP to rally behind Trump, who he wrote is the “clear frontrunner” in the race. It’s the only way to make sure that President Joe Biden doesn’t win reelection, he wrote.
— Tom Emmer (@tomemmer) January 3, 2024
Emmer’s endorsement comes even though Trump stood in the way of his assumption to the role of House speaker once former Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was ousted from the position.
For his part, Trump was very thankful for Emmer’s endorsement, writing on his social media platform Truth Social in all caps: “THANK YOU TOM, I WILL NEVER LET OUR COUNTRY DOWN!”
Scalise, the majority leader in the House, wrote on X that he was “proud to endorse Donald Trump for president” and looks forward to working with him and a GOP-led Senate “to fight for those families who are struggling under the weight of Biden’s failed policies.”
While the endorsements may not make a huge difference in Trump’s quest to capture the GOP nomination — since he has a lead over his closest competitors of at least 50 points in most polls — they are important for the party as a whole.
With Scalise and Emmer standing behind Trump, the entire GOP leadership in the House is now rallied behind a single candidate in the race for president, a stunning show of unity at a time when many have pointed out the deep divisions within the party in the House.
House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) threw his support behind Trump in November, while Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the chair of the House Republican Conference, became the first member of GOP House leadership to endorse the former president.