Trump Returns To Politics With Major Endorsements

( Former President Donald Trump has plans to still be very much involved in Republican politics, despite not actually being in office himself.

Trump is looking to throw his weight around in the 2022 midterm elections, supporting Republican candidates who have been loyal to him and challenging those who have not.

He has already said he will vehemently oppose Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski in her re-election bid. She was one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict him in his impeachment trial — and the only one who will face a re-election bid in the 2022 midterms.

But, Trump isn’t just focused on Congressional elections. On Friday, he announced that he would be supporting Henry McMaster, the Republican governor of South Carolina.

McMaster tweeted a copy of Trump’s endorsement of him, which read:

“Henry McMaster has been a great Governor for the wonderful people of South Carolina. He is Strong on the Military, our Vets, Crime, and the Second Amendment. He has also been a fabulous Chief Executive for his State. Henry has my Complete and Total Endorsement as he runs for re-election!”

McMaster accompanied that endorsement with a message of his own, which read:

“President Trump’s leadership has made America stronger and more prosperous. I’ve stood with him from the beginning. I’m honored he stands with me as we ‘Keep South Carolina Great!'”

Trump has long had the vision to not only obtain allies in Congress but also in state houses around the country. South Carolina is a strong red state traditionally, and Trump has built a nice relationship with McMaster and other lawmakers there.

In fact, Trump has also announced that he will be supporting Republican Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina in his bid for re-election. He said Scott, the only African-American Republican senator, has his “complete and total endorsement.”

Trump pointed to Scott being an important force in politics for the GOP. He commended his ongoing support for law enforcement, veterans and the military. Over the last four years, the pair has worked very closely together.

Scott said:

“President Trump built the most inclusive economy ever. Seven million jobs created pre-COVID-19, and two thirds of them went to women, African Americans and Hispanics.”

One person who Trump has decided that he won’t end up supporting is Brian Kemp, the Republican governor of Georgia. The former president believes the governor didn’t help Republicans but rather hurt them during the 2020 presidential election as well as the two Georgia Senate run-off races.

Trump said about Kemp:

“He ended up winning the election and he certainly was not very effective for the Republican Party, to put it nicely. So, I think that was an endorsement that hurt us, but sometimes that will happen. You can’t pick 100% of the winners. Governor Kemp, what he did for the Republican Party and to the Republican Party and to the state of Georgia, which is a great state, was sad.”

Trump’s influence is sure to continue to be strong in Republican politics, whether or not he decides to run for president again in 2024.