Trump Endorses Primary Challenger Of Republican Who Voted To Impeach Him

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Former President Donald Trump endorsed a Republican primary challenger to Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach him for the second time in January.

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Trump on Friday endorsed Max Miller, a former White House aide challenging the second-term Republican, whose district lies just south of Cleveland. It is the first endorsement the former president has given to a challenger vying to unseat any of the Republicans who voted for impeachment.

“Current Rep. Anthony Gonzalez should not be representing the people of the 16th District because he does not represent their interest or their heart,” Trump said in a statement. “Max Miller has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”

Miller, 32, worked on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign before joining his administration. He served as Trump’s deputy campaign manager for presidential operations during his unsuccessful reelection bid.

“I’m running for Congress to stand up for Northeast Ohioans,” Miller wrote on Twitter. “Their congressman betrayed them when he voted to impeach President Trump.”

Gonzalez said that he voted to impeach Trump as a result of his role in inciting the Capitol riot.

“The President of the United States helped organize and incite a mob that attacked the United States Congress in an attempt to prevent us from completing out solemn duties as prescribed by the Constitution,” Gonzalez said. “When I consider the full scope of events leading up to January 6th including the President’s lack of response as the United States Capitol was under attack, I am compelled to support impeachment.”

Trump has told his advisors that he will try to unseat the Republicans who voted to impeach him and others in the party who seek to separate it from him. He is set to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday, where he is expected to criticize Joe Biden’s presidency and speak about the future of the Republican Party.

Several senior GOP lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, have already met with Trump in Florida to discuss the 2022 and 2024 elections. All three said that they expect the former president to play an outsized role in the party and its elections up and down the ballot.

Many state legislatures have censured other Republicans who supported Trump’s impeachment, and Trump has already endorsed political allies for other prominent posts. He endorsed former Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is running to be Arkansas’ next governor, and Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran in his reelection.

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6 Comments

  1. I believe an endorsement for Mark Walker from Trump would be advisable as a challenger to our incumbent Phil Berger (R-NC) who told me via a response to my email about my disappointment in his decision to impeach Trump the second time (Berger) that he felt he had to follow the “majority” in Congress to impeach President Trump. Senator Phil Berger is a RHINO and the majority of his responses to my communications with him reflect his left leaning beliefs.

    1. Actually, I wrote senator merkle of Oregon regarding the chaos, division, and infighting in congress. Pointing out that we had heard nothing at all from him regarding the Portland Rioting, and this was the same actions that been happening across the country for months now. I tried to point out the reality that Trump was still speaking, and that the Capitol Police said they had things covered when they turned down offered help. During The phone call he placed to the capitol during the time, it was not made clear, how serious the problem was, and that it was thought to be an antifa/blm group making noise. I don’t think President Trump realized what was actually happening. Once he did, he started asking people to go home. He asked them to put down any weapons a leave peacefully. I really think it took him a moment to refocus on the Capitol, when he had just been doing a political speech. Twitter actually took down his initial tweets calling for an end to the stupidity. They are as guilty, in their own way, for the craziness on Jan 6. The reply from merkle was a melodramatic performance of outrage, scolding me for thinking he wasn’t acting for Oregonians during the foolishness.

  2. These “so called repugnants” (RINOS) are nothing but save ass turncoats!!! Who needs them to represent anyone??? I know I don’t!!!

  3. I was always apathetic about politicians as was most of my friends. I considered myself a Independent, always casting a protest vote. Then came Mr Trump, I was reluctant at first but after the election I was all in because “Actions speak louder than words” every time. I’m 73 years young (like Trump). I’m all in now, totally committed to the cause. We have got to get rid of the (RINO’s) that is why I think he should run for Congress. Get rid of the Democrats before they bankrupt our country totally. Democrats are going to kill the “Golden Goose”. By time the election comes people will be begging Trump to run. Everything the Democrats do reenforces the “Deep State”. Were quickly approaching the (Point of no return) for our country. We can’t wait till 2024. Please Mr Trump help us before it’s too late to recover.

  4. I find it laughable that the “10” would not think that their turning against President Trump would have no consequences. Apparently they thought that the 74 MILLION that voted for him would sit back and accept their contempt for the people that put them in office, some for their first and only term. Liz Cheney will be one of the ones to go too.

  5. This county must I stand and except president Trump for his ability to lead and team build plus his ability to search out people to advise him. Not get involved in his personality he is self driven does not no how to lose and does not except losing . I do believe he like most of us common Americans that believe the constitution and Bill of rights should be taken as written in everyday language as normal people speak every day not what a bunch Lawers want it say as interpreted by a bunch different languages and interpretations by foreign language and words.

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