Breitbart News reports that former President Donald Trump has decided to endorse author J.D. Vance in the Senate race taking place in Ohio.
Trump, though, made it clear, in a lengthy statement he released, that his decision to endorse Vance was not an easy one.
“This is not an easy endorsement for me to make because I like and respect some of the other candidates in the race — they’ve said great things about ‘Trump’ and, like me, they love Ohio and love our Country,” Trump wrote.
Trump, at another point, said, “like some others, J.D. Vance may have said some not-so-great things about me in the past, but he gets it now, and I have seen that in spades.”
Trump spends most of his endorsement statement explaining why it is he has decided to back Vance. And, “the bottom line,” according to Trump,” is that “we must have a Republican victory in Ohio.”
“I’ve studied this race closely and I think J.D. is the most likely to take out the weak, but dangerous, Democrat opponent — dangerous because they will have so much money to spend,” Trump wrote referring to Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH).
Trump went on to highlight Vance’s positives, writing:
J.D. will destroy him in the debates and will fight for the MAGA Movement in the Senate. He’s strong on the Border, tough on Crime, understands how to use Taxes and Tariffs to hold China accountable, will fight to break up Big Tech, and has been a warrior on the Rigged and Stolen Presidential Election.
With all that said, Trump wrote that his supporters ought to “unite behind J.D.’s campaign because, unlike so many other pretenders and wannabes, he will put America First.”
“J.D. Vance has my Complete and Total Endorsement,” Trump concluded. “He will not let you down.”
Trump’s endorsement of Vance comes just a couple of weeks before the Ohio Republican primary, which will take place on May 3.
A recent poll from the Trafalgar Group has Vance in second place with 22.6% of the vote. In first place, with 28% of the vote, is Josh Mandel, the former treasurer of Ohio.
This poll, however, was taken before Trump announced his endorsement of Vance, and the power of Trump’s endorsement cannot be underestimated. Some commentators believe that it could very well have just catapulted Vance into the lead.