Trump Endorses Sen. Crapo, Gov. McMaster, Lt. Gov. Griffin

March 5, 2021 Updated: March 5, 2021

Former President Donald Trump announced three endorsements on March 5, backing the reelection of Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, and the Arkansas attorney general bid by the state’s Republican Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin.

“Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho has my Complete and Total Endorsement. Mike is tough on Crime, Strong on the Border, and fights for our Military and our Vets. He will continue to be a Champion for our Second Amendment and the great Outdoorsmen and Women of Idaho and the USA,” Trump said.

Crapo has served in the U.S. Senate since 1999. He is the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee.

“Henry McMaster has been a great Governor for the wonderful people of South Carolina. He is Strong on the Military, our Vets, Crime, and the Second Amendment. He has also been a fabulous Chief Executive for his State. Henry has my Complete and Total Endorsement as he runs for re-election!” the president said in a statement released by his Save America political action committee.

McMaster, a Republican, became the governor of South Carolina in 2017. His predecessor was Nikki Haley, who went on to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under Trump.

“Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin, who is running for Attorney General, is a highly respected Army Veteran who will always fight for the great people of Arkansas. Tim will be tough on Crime, defend our Second Amendment, loves our Military and our Vets, and will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the brave Men and Women of Law Enforcement. Tim Griffin has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”

Griffin represented Arkansas’s 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011-2015. He has served as the lieutenant governor of Arkansas since January 2015.

Trump, the de facto kingmaker of the Republican party, has been rolling out endorsement announcements since shortly after he left the White House in January. He endorsed his former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for the governor of Arkansas and the reelection bids of Republican Sens. John Kennedy (La.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Jerry Moran (Kansas).

The former president endorsed former White House official Max Miller on Feb. 26 in the U.S House primary contest against Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzales, one of the ten Republicans who voted in favor of impeachment. Trump also endorsed top Ohio Republican Bob Paduchik on Feb. 24 to lead the state’s GOP. Paduchik was elected for the post four days later.

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