Former President Donald Trump has endorsed bestselling author JD Vance, a vocal national populist, in the Ohio Republican Senate primary race.
In a statement Friday, Trump fully endorsed Vance, calling him “the most qualified and ready to win candidate” against likely Democratic Senate nominee Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) in the midterm elections of november.
“We can’t play games,” Trump wrote. “It’s a question of victory!”
“Like others, JD Vance may have said some not-so-good things about me in the past, but he gets it now, and I’ve seen it in spades. He’s our best chance for victory in what could be a very tough race,” Trump continued:
The Democrats will spend several million dollars, but the good news is that they have a flawed candidate who ran for president and garnered exactly zero percent in the polls. Bottom line is we gotta have a Republican win in Ohio. [Emphasis added]
It’s not an easy endorsement for me because I love and respect some of the other candidates in the race – they’ve said great things about “Trump” and, like me, they love Ohio and love our country. I’ve studied this race closely and think JD is most likely to eliminate the weak, but dangerous, Democratic opponent — dangerous because he’ll have so much money to spend. [Emphasis added]
However, JD will destroy it in the debates and will fight for the MAGA Movement in the Senate. He’s strong on the frontier, tough on crime, understands how to use taxes and tariffs to hold China accountable, will fight to take down Big Tech, and was a warrior in the rigged and stolen presidential election.. JD is a Marine who served in the Iraq War, graduated from Ohio State University and earned a law degree from Yale – an excellent student. With JD Vance, Ohio gets both brains and brawn. Ohio has been good for me, I’ve won it twice, really BIG, and I’ve been BIG for Ohio as well. Let’s go on ! [Emphasis added]
Trump voters must “unite behind JD’s campaign because, unlike so many other contenders and wannabes, he will put America first,” Trump wrote.
“In other words, JD Vance has my complete and total approval,” he continued. “He won’t let you down.”
Likewise, Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., said he “believes” that Vance is “100% America First” on issues facing Americans.
“Left Media, Dems and weak RINOs all HATE him because they know he is with #MAGA,” Trump Jr wrote. “This is the real deal, this is why me and my dad let’s both support him!!!”
I got to know @JDVance personally over the past year and I am convinced that he is 100% America First.
Leftist media, Dems and weak RINOs all HATE him ’cause they know he’s with #MAGA.
This is the real deal, which is why my dad and I both support it!!! https://t.co/mh1baSgFrU
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 15, 2022
Indeed, when reports emerged that Trump was considering endorsing Vance this week, a number of establishment leaders in the Ohio Republican Party — closely tied to the Ohio GOP Senate candidate, Jane Timken- look for dissuade Trump from endorsing Hillbilly Elegy author.
Vance, who has presented an aggressive platform, is campaigning to end welfare for illegal immigration, reduce legal immigration levels, impose fierce tariffs on products made in China, break up big tech conglomerates with maneuvers and antitrust legislation, as well as relocating manufacturing. in the United States and the banning of Critical Race Theory (CRT), among other policy prescriptions.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter here.