WATCH: Trump Says His Endorsements of McConnell, Brian Kemp Have “Backfired”
Donald Trump is very popular in the Republican party. And many GOP lawmakers are terrified of speaking out against him. They may lose his endorsement for office. Even worse, he may find a primary opponent to run against them.
During a recent interview with Newsmax, Trump was asked if he regrets any of the endorsements he’s made in the past. The 45th president admitted that sometimes his choices have backfired on him.
Host Mark Halperin asked, “You talked about endorsing people and your record endorsing,” Halperin noted. “But as you pointed out, you endorsed [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell (R-KY), you endorsed Gov. [Brian] Kemp in Georgia. So does that bring into question whether your endorsements are the kind of people you actually want in office?”
Trump responded, “Well, I endorsed them as Republicans. In the case of Gov. Kemp — he was in last place or just about in last place — I endorsed him, he ended up winning the election. And he was he certainly was not very effective for the Republican Party, to put it nicely. So I think that was an endorsement that hurt us. But sometimes that will happen, you can’t pick 100% of the winners.”
The former president has long been angry at Kemp for the Georgia governor’s refusal to overturn the 2020 election for him. Trump has also claimed that Mitch McConnell wouldn’t have won in 2020 without his endorsement. This is a ridiculous, claim, though, as the Senate minority leader won his race against Amy McGrath by nearly 20 points.