Former President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE on Tuesday endorsed Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottDOJ announces agencywide limits on chokeholds and no-knock entries Lobbying world As Biden falters, a two-man race for the 2024 GOP nomination begins to take shape MORE (R-S.C.) for reelection.
Scott, a first-term senator and the only Black Republican in the Senate, was at times critical of Trump’s rhetoric on race.
But Scott also worked closely with Trump on a police reform bill that was blocked by Senate Democrats, and he routinely defended the former president’s policies over the four years he was in office.
“It is my great honor to give Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina my complete and total endorsement,” Trump said in a statement. “He is both an outstanding senator and person who works tirelessly for the people of his great state, and the USA. Strong on the military, law enforcement, loves our vets, protects our Second Amendment and our borders. Tim will continue to do an OUTSTANDING job for our country!”
Scott has said his second term will be his last. He is not expected to face a serious primary challenge, and he should cruise to reelection as a Republican running in a deep-red state.
Trump’s endorsement is the latest sign he intends to be active in GOP politics going forward.
The former president’s seal of approval is an enormous benefit for Republicans seeking office, both in terms of fundraising and in generating enthusiasm.
Trump has so far endorsed one primary challenger to a sitting Republican, backing former White House aide Max Miller, who is challenging Rep. Anthony GonzalezAnthony GonzalezOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection McCarthy-allied fundraising group helps Republicans who voted to impeach Trump Trump endorses GOP challenger to Upton over impeachment vote MORE (R-Ohio), who is one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump.