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Trump announces new tranche of endorsements

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts MORE released a new tranche of endorsements as he asserts himself as the leader of the Republican Party going into the 2022 midterms.

In a trio of endorsements Friday evening, Trump announced his support for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) and Idaho Sen. Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoOn The Money: Inflation rears its head amid spending debate | IRS chief warns of unpaid taxes hitting T | Restaurants fret labor shortage IRS chief warns of unpaid taxes hitting trillion Trump faces test of power with early endorsements MORE (R), both of whom are running for reelection, and Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim GriffinJohn (Tim) Timothy GriffinTrump faces test of power with early endorsements Trump announces new tranche of endorsements The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by TikTok - Senate trial will have drama, but no surprise ending MORE (R), who is running to be his state’s attorney general. 

In his endorsements, Trump cast the lawmakers as staunch supporters of an array of conservative values, touting their stances on immigration, gun rights and more.

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Trump said McMaster “is Strong on the Military, our Vets, Crime, and the Second Amendment” and that Crapo “will continue to be a Champion for our Second Amendment and the great Outdoorsmen and Women of Idaho and the USA.” The former president added that Griffin “will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the brave Men and Women of Law Enforcement.”

The slew of endorsements underscore Trump’s deepening involvement in races across the country heading into the 2022 midterms.

Trump appears set to style himself as a GOP kingmaker, and his support remains a huge benefit to Republicans running in ruby red states like South Carolina, Idaho and Arkansas.

The former president has largely backed incumbents in their reelection bids thus far, though he has put sitting lawmakers on notice that he is ready to back primary challengers to unseat those he deems insufficiently loyal.

Trump last month threw his support behind former White House aide Max Miller, who is challenging Rep. Anthony GonzalezAnthony GonzalezTrump digs in on attacks against Republican leaders Trump looms large over GOP donor retreat in Florida Trump faces test of power with early endorsements MORE (Ohio), one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over his role in inciting the deadly Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.

“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.