On Friday, March 5, Former President Donald Trump released a new tranche of endorsements accompanied by statements from the Save America PAC.
The former president gave his “Complete and Total Endorsement” to Gov. Henry McMaster (R-S.C.) and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), both of whom are running for reelection, and Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin (R), who is running to be his state’s attorney general.
“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,” the statement read. “He has also been a fabulous Chief Executive for his State. Henry has my Complete and Total Endorsement as he runs for re-election!”
McMaster became the governor of South Carolina in 2017. According to PBS, McMaster was one of Trump’s earliest and strongest supporters. He received Trump’s endorsement in his first full-term gubernatorial campaign in 2018 and won the race.
Trump touted the candidates as staunch supporters of conservative values, including immigration, gun rights, military, and others.
“Mike [Crapo] 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, who has held his position for more than 20 years, is up for re-election in 2022. He is a ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee.
“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,” Trump said in his statement. “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.”
Griffin has served as the lieutenant governor of Arkansas since January 2015. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas from 2006 to 2007 and worked in the George W. Bush White House as a special assistant to the president.
As the de facto kingmaker of the Republican party, Trump’s support is of considerable benefit to Republican candidates. He has been rolling out endorsement announcements since shortly after leaving office.
The former president threw his support behind his former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for governor of Arkansas, his former White House official Max Miller, Republican Sens. John Kennedy (La.), Tim Scott (S.C.), and Jerry Moran (Kans.). He also endorsed Ohio’s Bob Paduchik (R) to lead the state’s GOP. Paduchik won the seat on Feb. 26.
“Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership,” Trump said in a statement last month.