Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina and former candidate for president, has announced he’ll be backing former President Donald Trump for the GOP nomination moving forward, snubbing the former governor of his own state, Nikki Haley. Scott himself dropped out of the election back in November, initially revealing he would not be putting his support behind any other candidate in the field. I guess that was all just talk and Scott realized how important this election is, thus put aside his feelings and is doing what’s best for the country by backing someone.
Here’s more from Newsmax:
He’s expected to make the endorsement at a Trump campaign rally later Friday in New Hampshire, the Post reported, citing multiple reports. Scott’s jump onto the Trump election train comes just days ahead of the Jan. 23 New Hampshire primary — and is a considerable blow to Haley, who appointed Scott in December 2012 to the Senate seat he went on to win twice on his own, the Post noted.
Haley is Trump’s nearest challenger in New Hampshire, and has to win the primary to put a dent into his march to the GOP nomination in Milwaukee later this year.
NBC News reported that Haley, responding to reports of Scott’s expected move, said: “Interesting that Trump’s lining up with all the Washington insiders when he claimed he wanted to drain the swamp. But the fellas are gonna do what the fellas are gonna do.”
Scott’s endorsement gives Trump the backing of 26 out of the Senate’s 49 Republicans.
Perhaps what also helped persuade Scott to support the former commander-in-chief was the massive victory he took home in the Iowa caucuses earlier this week. Trump absolutely smashed his competition, taking home 50 percent of the vote and crushing the second place finisher, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, by a record-shattering 30 points. That’s a landslide.
His winning by such a large margin is a clear indication that the vast majority of Republican voters are backing Trump. What’s even more amazing about such a huge win is Trump did not attend a single debate during the early portion of the primary cycle. Not one. Polling data had him leading his competition by a huge margin and it looks like, for once, that information was accurate.
And that should give President Biden considerable pause, as recent polling data has him losing to Trump should the pair face off in the general election. He should be sweating bullets at this point. Then again, that would require Biden to realize what day it is, what his name is, and to change his dirty Depends, none of which are things he’s capable of doing without the first lady’s prompting.
With Trump kicking off primary season with this kind of momentum, the national conversation has shifted to who he might pick as his vice presidential candidate. Many of his supporters are gung-ho for former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, who also endorsed Trump this week. He’s gained a solid reputation for being someone who stands on principle by confronting Haley about her controversial stance on Ukraine funding.
Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
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