On Thursday, apropos of nothing, Trump endorsed Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R) for reelection in 2022 — though the incumbent is undecided about whether or not to run once more. (Johnson ruled out a run for governor in mid-March.)

“Even though he has not yet announced that he is running, and I certainly hope he does, I am giving my Complete and Total Endorsement to Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin,” stated Trump. “He is brave, he is bold, he loves our Country, our Military, and our Vets.  He will protect our Second Amendment, and everything else we stand for. It is the kind of courage we need in the U.S. Senate. He has no idea how popular he is. Run, Ron, Run!”

Which, properly, OK!

It’s no shock that Trump likes Johnson. After all, the Wisconsin Republican has unfold any variety of falsehoods about the 2020 election — even going as far as to demand that Trump administration Attorney General Bill Barr provide evidence that the election wasn’t stolen. Johnson has additionally prompt that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (a California Democrat) impeached Trump over his actions on January 6 as a way to cowl up her culpability in the US Capitol riot. (Yes, really!)

The pre-endorsement of Johnson was Trump’s newest try and form the 2022 Senate taking part in subject. 

On Wednesday, Trump had waded into what is anticipated to be a crowded major race to exchange retiring Sen. Richard Shelby (R) by endorsing Rep. Mo Brooks.

“Few Republicans have as much COURAGE and FIGHT as Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks,” stated Trump. “Mo Brooks has my Complete and Total Endorsement for the U.S. Senate representing the Great State of Alabama.  He will never let you down!”

Trump has additionally conducted a mini-episode of “The Apprentice” with the 4 predominant candidates working for the Ohio open-seat Senate race and made clear that he plans to actively work to defeat Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) subsequent November. Trump additionally endorsed Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul for reelection on Thursday.
The likely Pennsylvania US Senate candidacy of Sean Parnell, who ran unsuccessfully for the House in 2020 with Trump’s sturdy endorsement, might additionally garner an endorsement from the former President in a key open-seat race.

The Point: Even although we are just a few months into the 2022 election cycle, Trump has already made clear that he desires to — and can — play a central function in deciding on Republican candidates. And that his decisions will probably be primarily based far much less on which candidate has the finest probability to win and extra on who agrees with him most frequently.

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