JD Vance wins Trump’s endorsement after months of crawling

After making Republicans cringe while seeking his endorsement in Ohio’s GOP primary for the U.S. Senate, former President Donald Trump decided to back author and venture capitalist JD Vance.

Vance once swore against Trump’s presidency and even wrote a controversial diagnosis of Trump voters, but he’s all into Trump’s conspiratorial rhetoric now and has since apologized for his past comments.

This pitiful retirement and the chance to put a former foe to heel is likely what made Trump consider endorsing Vance in the first place.

“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,” Trump said in a statement Friday. “He is our best chance of victory in what could be a very tough race.”

Thursday, NBC News reported the mere thought of Vance receiving it on longtime Trump loyalists had pushed some Ohio Republicans against a wall. Far-right Senate candidate Josh Mandel, known for almost fight a main opponent and repeatedly targeting Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter on Twitter — was among those whose team ultimately tried to change Trump’s mind.

Mandel’s campaign would have sent Trump’s team a poll showing he would be ahead of the pack significantly if Trump approved him, while the same poll showed an endorsement for Vance only put him in a tie for second place – always behind Mandel. Despite Trump’s baseless claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election, as well as Trump’s racist stereotypesthere were signs in recent days that Vance would be Trump’s choice.

Nevertheless, after NBC News reported on Trump andendorsement expected Thursday, several GOP officials in Ohio frantically sent a letter to Trump discouraging him from endorsing anyone in the crowded Senate primary. The letter, first obtained by Politicowas signed by dozens of local Republican officials who cite Vance’s past criticism of Trump as disqualifying him from the primary.

“While we were working hard in Ohio to support you and Make America Great Again, JD Vance was actively working against your candidacy,” they claimed.

Politics too mentioned two Mandel donors pressed Trump for his endorsement at a recent campaign event for another Ohio lawmaker, but Trump reportedly said the sight of Mandel almost fighting a nearly 70-year-old man was “embarrassing “.

Ahead of last year’s attack on the United States Capitol, Trump encouraged his supporters to “fight like hell” for him. Of course, that was not permission for them to come almost to blows in their own Senate campaigns. Either way, in the battle for Trump’s love, Mandel was beaten by crawling superior JD Vance.

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