A Republican senator who is currently running for the governorship of his state has officially thrown his support behind former President Trump’s prospective White House bid for the 2024 election.
Senator Mike Braun of Indiana, a Republican candidate for the position of Indiana’s next governor, conveyed his endorsement of Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign in an interview with Fox News Digital.
Braun, a Main Street entrepreneur and political outsider, explained his endorsement by citing his firsthand experience with the workings of the Washington establishment, which he believes often works against the interests of the people of Indiana.
In his statement, Braun emphasized Trump’s background as a businessman and political outsider, highlighting their joint effort in securing a historic victory in the 2018 Indiana Senate race. He pointed to their successful appointment of constitutional conservative justices to the Supreme Court, who have upheld principles such as protecting the unborn and Second Amendment rights.
Braun also emphasized their shared mission of disrupting the entrenched, self-serving interests of Washington elites that he sees as contributing to the nation’s fiscal challenges.
Braun concluded his endorsement by expressing his belief that Donald Trump is the candidate best suited to return the country to the America First policies that had previously led to unparalleled prosperity and security for the American people.
Braun’s alliance with Trump dates back to Trump’s first term, during which Braun vocally supported the former president, particularly during his first impeachment trial. Trump reciprocated this support during Braun’s 2018 Senate run, rallying thousands of supporters to endorse him during a challenging midterm election for Republicans.
Braun’s announcement comes as prominent Republicans are speculating about Trump’s chances in the 2024 GOP presidential primary. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who had previously remained neutral in the primary, predicted on a Sunday news program that Trump would secure the party’s nomination, citing his belief that Trump’s policies had strengthened the nation and made it more competitive on the world stage.
McCarthy also expressed reservations about Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ ability to reach the same level of appeal as Trump within the party.
While McCarthy’s comments did not amount to an official endorsement of Trump, they clearly signaled his continued alignment with the former president, following a previous misstep that had caused some tension between the two.