Emmer predicted in an interview with POLITICO Playbook authors Eugene Daniels and Rachael Bade that he and Trump would have a conversation “at some point.”
With broad support from the Republican Party, Trump still holds a prominent place in the GOP and has already started wading through the 2022 primaries. Addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference last weekend, the former President read the names of all Republicans in the House and Senate who voted to impeach or convict him, urging “get rid of them all.”
And last week, Trump endorsed a main opponent of Ohio’s GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, who voted to remove him. That approval came despite aids that pushed him to focus on Democrats, not intra-party conflicts.
Emmer is among the most prominent House Republicans who have so far been willing to break with the former president over his support for the incumbent GOP candidates.
Emmer said the NRCC would not openly engage in primaries under his leadership, but would provide resources to GOP incumbents as part of an effort to win back a majority in the House, a victory he guaranteed to the GOP. midterm elections next year.
The Minnesota lawmaker also broke with the president, saying he did not believe Congress had the right to oppose the certification of electoral college votes. Emmer voted to certify the election results.
Emmer said Congress did not have the power to “fit in”, saying it could only step in if no candidate reached 270 voters or if states sent “alternative voters lists.”
“The Constitution is a limiting document. I mean, there is a reason why one of the amendments speaks directly to the fact that any power that is not specifically listed in the federal government is reserved for the states, ”he said. “I encourage Democrats and Republicans to make sure that as we move forward we always have to follow this.”
He avoided saying that votes against certifying last November’s election results were explicitly unconstitutional, but said others should reassess.
“Everyone has the right to have their opinion,” Emmer said. “I think we should all, perhaps, as we go along, reconsider what the Constitution says.
But the president of the NRCC stopped short of saying that Trump and Republicans should stop making false claims that Trump won the election.
“We will all together make sure that we restore the integrity of our elections so that people have confidence that their votes are counted and that the result is a fair and transparent result,” said Emmer.
Emmer added that Republicans should “celebrate” Trump’s policies going forward, saying they brought Republicans “a lot of new voters.” Emmer specifically highlighted Trump’s policies on energy, immigration and his “America First” agenda.
“Look what his administration has done,” Emmer says. “Very popular.”
A week after Congressional Democratic campaign committee chairman Sean Patrick Maloney told Baden and Daniels that the GOP’s efforts to label Democrats as socialists were a “Republican caricature,” Emmer argued it was representation. truthful.
“We’re going to be very honest. When your conference heads in the direction with this radical socialist left program … and you don’t stand up to fight it … you are going to own it. You’re going to own the whole program, ”Emmer says. “It’s not one or two or three or four members.” Maloney had argued that these kinds of criticisms misrepresent Democrats as a whole.
“There will always be one or two members of any congressional caucus who will say things that do not represent the majority position,” said Maloney.
Rachael Bade contributed to this report.