Trump Hands Out Endorsements to Former 2016 Primary Rivals

Former President Donald Trump has said he wants to wait and see what happens after the 2022 elections to decide whether he will run again in 2024, but he’s nevertheless remaining active politically and is using his considerable clout to help like-minded Republicans win office or remain in Washington.

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Trump has been lending his name to a growing number of GOP candidates and he just endorsed two more — both of whom opposed him for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination: Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

“Marco has been a tireless advocate for the people of Florida, fighting to cut taxes, supporting our Second Amendment, our Military and our Vets, a strong national defense, and all of the forgotten men and women of America,” Trump noted in a statement released by Save America, his leadership political action committee.

“Marco worked with me to reform the VA and help our small businesses grow, and with his help, we achieved the lowest ever unemployment for women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and almost all Americans. Together, we worked closely with the Cuban and Venezuelan communities, and have made great progress,” the former president continued.

And something else that is notable about his endorsement of Rubio: It pretty much puts an end to speculation that Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, was planning to run against the incumbent senator next year.

Trump also had praise for Paul.

“Rand Paul has done a fantastic job for our Country, and for the incredible people of Kentucky,” Trump said. “He fights against the Swamp in Washington, the Radical Left Liberals, and especially the destructive RINOS, of which there are far too many, in Congress.

“Rand will continue to stand up for our great AMERICA FIRST policies because he believes in stopping wasteful spending, defending our Second Amendment rights, and taking care of our Military and our Vets,” Trump added.

Paul has not yet formally announced a 2022 reelection bid but with the former president’s endorsement, it just got easier. And to that point, Paul has suggested that he is likely to run.

Meanwhile, Trump also threw his support behind Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, though he, too, has yet to announce a reelection bid.

“Even though he has not yet announced that he is running, and I certainly hope he does, I am giving my Complete and Total Endorsement to Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin,” Trump said in a separate statement released by his Save America PAC.

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“He is brave, he is bold, he loves our Country, our Military, and our Vets,” Trump added. “He will protect our Second Amendment and everything else we stand for. It is the kind of courage we need in the U.S. Senate. He has no idea how popular he is. Run, Ron, Run!”

The Wisconsin Republican is a staunch supporter of the former president and a backer of Trump’s MAGA movement. He was also one of the Republican senators interested in investigating the results of the Nov. 3 election as well as many irregularities that took place in several states.

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