(RoyalPatriot.com )- Former President Donald Trump can count at least two senators on his team heading into the 2024 election.
This week, Politico reported that two freshmen senators, Missouri’s Eric Schmitt and Ohio’s J.D. Vance, will end up endorsing Trump and throwing their weight behind him and his 2024 campaign.
Trump has consistently received a lot of support among Republicans over in the House of Representatives, but he hasn’t been able to do the same over in the Senate.
Politico’s report stated that Vance – who Trump himself endorsed during last year’s midterm elections – told other people in his inner circle that he expected to endorse Trump during the GOP primary in 2024.
Vance really owes that to Trump, since the former president is given a lot of credit for helping vault Vance – who was a venture capitalist and a best-selling author – into the Senate as an underdog.
The ironic thing is that Vance publicly thanked Trump after he won the GOP primary on May 3 of last year, but then he didn’t even mention Trump when he gave his victory speech following the general election in November.
Schmitt has already said publicly that he would be supporting Trump in the 2024 presidential race. In an interview he gave earlier this week, Schmitt said of Trump:
“He’s very popular in Missouri. He’s been somebody that’s gotten the support of Missourians by big margins a couple times. He has my support.”
Trump has to be happy that he’ll at least have two Republican senators on his side heading into the 2024 election. There has been a major rift between Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, with the latter separating himself from the former president on multiple occasions. That means that Trump is facing an uphill battle gaining significant support from other Republicans in the Senate.
Some other senators who have consistently railed against him are Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah, to name a few.
Even some people who Trump’s been able to rely on as powerful supporters – such as Lindsey Graham from South Carolina – have bailed on him at times in the past. That makes his situation tenuous in the upper chamber of Congress going forward.
The rift between Trump and some prominent Republicans seemingly widened after the GOP greatly underperformed expectations in the midterm elections last November. Many establishment Republicans blamed Trump for that, since many of the candidates he backed were soundly defeated by their Democratic challengers in districts where the GOP felt they should’ve been able to secure relatively easy victories.
The fact that some recent polls have shown Trump losing popularity among voters won’t help matters, either. After all, the GOP just wants to make sure that they’re able to secure the White House in 2024.
In other words, many long-term GOP politicians are likely to back the candidate they feel gives the party the best chance to capture the White House – whether that’s Trump or someone else.