On the eve of the hotly contested U.S. Senate primary election in Missouri Tuesday, Former President Donald Trump has finally announced his endorsement.
“There is a BIG Election in the Great State of Missouri, and we must send a MAGA Champion and True Warrior to the U.S. Senate, someone who will fight for Border Security, Election Integrity, our Military and Great Veterans, together with having a powerful toughness on Crime and the Border,” Trump said in a post on Truth Social Monday afternoon. “We need a person who will not back down to the Radical Left Lunatics who are destroying our Country.”
He added: “I trust the Great People of Missouri, on this one, to make up their own minds, much as they did when they gave me landslide victories in the 2016 and 2020 Elections, and I am therefore proud to announce that ERIC has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”
There are, of course, two candidates in the Missouri Senate race named Eric—scandal-plagued former Governor, Eric Greitens, and the current attorney general, Eric Schmitt.
Both Erics immediately took to social media to thank Trump for his endorsement.
“I’m grateful for President Trump’s endorsement. As the only America First candidate who has actually fought for election integrity, border security & against the Left’s indoctrination of our kids—I’ll take that fight to the Senate to SAVE AMERICA!,” tweeted Schmitt.
🚨ENDORSEMENT—PRESIDENT TRUMP🚨I’m grateful for President Trump’s endorsement. As the only America First candidate who has actually fought for election integrity, border security & against the Left’s indoctrination of our kids—I’ll take that fight to the Senate to SAVE AMERICA!
— Eric Schmitt (@Eric_Schmitt) August 1, 2022
Honored to have the support of President Trump! We will MAGA! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/NljSJqEQG5
— Eric Greitens (@EricGreitens) August 1, 2022
Schmitt was lagging behind Greitens in most of the polling over the past year, but has managed to surge ahead of the former governor by a +3 to +14 spread in the last five polls, according to RealClearPolitics.
Trump announced last month that he would not endorse the third most competitive contender U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler.
“You can forget about Vicky Hartzler for Senate from the Great State of Missouri,” Trump said on Truth Social, adding that she called him to ask for his endorsement, but he was “anything but positive in that I don’t think she has what it takes to take on the Radical Left Democrats, together with their partner in the destruction of our Country, the Fake News Media and, of course, the deceptive & foolish RINOS.”
President Trump is exactly right. We need tough & courageous conservatives who will NEVER back down in the Senate.
— Kimberly Guilfoyle (@kimguilfoyle) July 9, 2022
The field also includes U.S. Rep. Billy Long, attorney Mark McCloskey and state Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, although they are all considered underdogs.
Greitens’ campaign has been clouded by several scandals stemming from his time as governor, as well as by more recent controversies, but he’s favored by Trump ally Steve Bannon.
Schmitt. meanwhile, has distinguished himself during the Biden era as a thorn in the side of the regime who is in the same mold as Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.).
During a recent campaign rally in Lee’s Summit, Mo, Schmitt said: “As your attorney general, my job is really pretty simple. I get up in the morning, I go to work, I sue Joe Biden, I go home.”
— Deb Heine, Dissident (@NiceDeb) July 23, 2022
Schmitt has indeed sued the Biden administration over a number of issues, including the vaccine mandate for businesses, which was blocked by the Supreme Court in January, and a lawsuit he joined last week over the regime’s threat to withhold nutritional assistance from schools that don’t comply with its radical LGBTQ guidelines.
In May, Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry filed suit against eight high-ranking Biden Administration officials, including Joe Biden, Jen Psaki, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, for allegedly colluding with social media giants to suppress freedom of speech under the pretense of combatting “misinformation.”
On July 12, Judge Terry Doughty, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, granted the two attorneys general’s request for discovery and documents from the top Biden officials and social media honchos.
Doughty said members of the Biden administration and Meta, Twitter and YouTube must turn over documents and answer questions within the next 30 days regarding their suppression of “disfavored speakers, viewpoints, and content on social medial platforms.”
Schmitt told American Greatness during the campaign rally in Lee’s Summit that he didn’t expect any of the Biden officials and social media companies to respond to his requests for documents until the very last minute.