Following Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) announcement that he intends to seek another term as governor of the Lone Star State, a powerful voice in the Republican Party gave the governor his support.
On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump endorsed Abbott for reelection in a statement that was shared by the incumbent governor on Twitter, Breitbart reported.
“Greg Abbott is a fighter and a Great Governor for the incredible people of Texas,” Trump said in a written statement. “No Governor has done more to secure the Border and keep our communities safe than Governor Abbott.”
“Defender of the Second Amendment”
Trump praised Abbott as being “a staunch defender of the Second Amendment and has made Texas a Second Amendment Sanctuary State.”
He also touted his and Abbott’s economic record, saying, “Texas has become a job-creating machine, and our partnership helped restore America’s economic power and success.”
The former president also mentioned the issues of crime and voter security, saying that Abbott is “very tough on crime, fully supports the brave men and women of Law Enforcement, and is all in on Election Integrity.”
Trump stressed that he was giving the governor his “Complete and Total Endorsement,” predicted that the governor “will continue to be a great leader,” and told voters that Abbot “will never let you down!”
Republicans want Trump to run again
The fact that Abbott is publicizing Trump’s endorsement illustrates how crucial a figure the former president remains in the Republican Party and to Republicans seeking office, despite having left office earlier this year.
Many have speculated that Trump may seek to reclaim his old job, a prospect that seems to have broad support among Republican voters.
“The numbers fly in the face of any predictions that Donald Trump’s political future is in decline,” said Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy.
“By a substantial majority, Republicans: (1) believe the election was stolen from him, (2) want Trump to run again, and (3), if they can’t vote for Trump, prefer someone who agrees with him,” he added.