Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race

Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled MORE endorsed a Republican challenger in Michigan’s election for the state attorney general in 2022.

In a statement released through his Save America PAC, Trump endorsed lawyer Matt DePerno in the race to replace Attorney General Dana Nessel (D).

DePerno “has defended the Constitution for 20 years, and has been on the front lines pursuing fair and accurate elections, as he relentlessly fights to reveal the truth about the Nov. 3rd Presidential Election Scam,” Trump said in the statement.

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Trump further said that DePerno will “properly enforce the laws for everyone unlike what the out-of-control Radical Left Prosecutors are doing now.”

“He will always defend our under siege Second Amendment, loves our Military and our Vets, and will restore Law and Order in the face of rampant and record-setting crime in Michigan,” Trump said. “Matt DePerno has my Complete and Total Endorsement. He will never let you down!”

DePerno said on Twitter that he is “honored and humbled” to have Trump’s backing.

DePerno entered the attorney general’s race in July and is a staunch supporter of the former president's policies. The lawyer has previously backed Trump's unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 presidential election was subject to widespread voter fraud.

DePerno represents a plaintiff who filed a lawsuit against Antrim County alleging that fraud had taken place in the area's election. 

The county, which is traditionally Republican, garnered attention after initial results showed President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Methane fee faces negotiations White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege The No Surprises Act:  a bill long overdue MORE ahead of Trump by thousands of votes. Officials later admitted problems reporting the results, and Trump ultimately won the county by more than 3,700 votes.

The lawsuit, which Trump has called the “major Michigan Election Fraud case,” was dismissed in May.

A member of Nessel's campaign staff was not surprised by the former president's endorsement. 

"The news of this endorsement is not surprising.  It’s very clear that today’s GOP is a single issue party, and that single issue is loyalty to Donald Trump," Kimberly Bush, a spokesperson for Nessel's campaign, said in a statement to The Hill. 

"However, this does make DePerno the clear front runner for the GOP nomination, a tell-tale sign that the fate of our democracy is on the ballot in 2022 in AG races across the country, and especially here in Michigan," Bush said. 

Michigan was one of handful of key states that Biden won over Trump. Biden won just over 50 percent of the vote, compared to Trump’s 48 percent.

Also in the race to replace Nessel is state Rep. Ryan Berman (R), according to The Detroit News.

Updated 2:10 p.m.