On Thursday, on Thursday, Trump approved the re-election of Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson (right) in 2022 – though the incumbent is not determined to run again. (Johnson ruled out a gubernatorial bid in mid-March.)
“While he has yet to announce his candidacy, and I certainly hope he will, I give my full and total support to Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin,” Trump said. “He’s brave, he’s daring, he loves our country, our military and our veterans. He will protect our Second Amendment and everything we stand for. That’s the kind of courage we need in the US Senate. He has none. idea how popular he is. Run, Ron, run! “
It’s no surprise that Trump loves Johnson. After all, the Wisconsin Republican has been spreading a number of lies about the 2020 election – even going so far as to demand that Trump administration attorney general Bill Barr provide proof that the election. was not Fly. Johnson also suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (a Democrat from California) impeached Trump for his actions on Jan.6 in order to cover up his guilt in the U.S. Capitol riot. (Yes really!)
Johnson’s pre-approval was Trump’s latest attempt to shape the 2022 Senate playing field.
Trump had embarked on what should be a crowded primary race on Wednesday to replace retired Senator Richard Shelby (right) by endorsing Rep. Mo Brooks.
“Few Republicans have as much COURAGE and COMBAT as Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks,” Trump said. “Mo Brooks has my full and utter support for the United States Senate representing the Great State of Alabama. He will never let you down!”
Brooks was the first Republican congressman to announce he would oppose Electoral College 2020 results. He also mistakenly suggested that Antifa was behind the January 6 riot.
Trump also directed a mini-episode of “The Apprentice” with the top four contenders vying for the Ohio Senate race and made it clear that he plans to actively work to defeat Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski ( right) next November. Trump also endorsed Kentucky Senator Rand Paul for re-election Thursday
Sean Parnell’s likely candidacy for the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate, which unsuccessfully ran for the House in 2020 with strong Trump backing, could also garner the former president’s endorsement in a key open-seat race.
Point: Even though we’re only months away from the 2022 election cycle, Trump has already made it clear that he wants – and will play – a pivotal role in the selection of Republican candidates. And that his choices will rest much less on the candidate who has the best chances of winning and more on the one who most often agrees with him.