(ConservativeSense.com) – Former President Donald Trump just gained a high-ranking supporter among the GOP: House Majority Leader Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who officially announced he’s all in for Trump for the 2024 presidential election.
In a statement posted on Twitter on Tuesday, Jan. 2, Scalise formally announced he is “proud to endorse” Trump for president and is looking “forward to working” with the former president alongside “a Republican House and Senate” in order “to fight” for American families “struggling under the weight” of the failed policies of President Joe Biden.
Scalise is the latest high-ranking member of the GOP to throw their lot in with Trump. Nearly a hundred representatives have already backed the former president, including 18 GOP senators. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson is also among them. Johnson beat out Scalise last year for the Speaker chair after Rep. Kevin McCarthy was ousted from the position. Another who openly joined Trump’s rank is Rep. Elise Stefanik, the House Republican Conference Chair.
The second-runner-up for the GOP nomination is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who isn’t fairing nearly as well with public endorsements as his rival. So far, DeSantis has only accumulated five endorsements from GOP congressmen. Polling in third place is former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who’s only gained one endorsement from Congress: Rep. Ralph Norman of her home state. None of the other candidates have received congressional support.
In an appearance on Fox News, Scalise said that “communities aren’t safe” in “Biden’s America” because of the president’s ineffective border and immigration policies. He praised Trump’s first term in office, during which Scalise said “the economy was strong,” “interest rates were low,” groceries “were affordable,” and families could purchase a home and “provide for their children.” Scalise also said “crime was down,” and that the country had more “secure energy policies” that kept gas and utilities low.
Scalise ran for Speaker of the House last year in October but ultimately dropped out of the race when he failed to garner enough support. Even though Trump questioned Scalise’s health while the Louisiana congressman made his bid for the speakership, Scalise seems to have put that aside and will join forces with the former president.
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