(TargetLiberty.org) – Rep. Thomas Massie who had three years ago ran TV ads trying to win then-President Donald Trump’s endorsement is no longer as interested in supporting Trump. Last weekend the Kentucky Republican joined a retreat for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
During the retreat, he claimed that DeSantis “is the best governor there ever was,” after he was asked about whether he was going to be endorsing DeSantis in the 2024 presidential primary.
Massie is not the only one of Trump’s former allies to be keeping some distance from the former President despite the fact that he is currently leading the polls regarding the Republican primary. Despite this many are turning their attention to DeSantis or Gov. Nikki Haley, who has already launched her presidential campaign.
Even though Trump launched his presidential campaign in November, as of March 1 less than 20 House Republicans have formally endorsed Trump in the 2024 presidential race. According to a POLITICO analysis, another dozen Representatives have supported Trump in some way without actually formally endorsing Trump. The only member of the House leadership to have so far endorsed Trump is Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.).
However, Steve Cheung, a Trump spokesperson, in a recent statement claimed that the campaign continued to be in communication with lawmakers and that there would be a large number of endorsements soon, which would further strengthen Trump’s presidential campaign. He further added, “our current list of powerful endorsers far outweighs and dwarfs any other campaign or prospective campaign in support.”
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