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Trump announces new tranche of endorsements

Trump announces new tranche of endorsements

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Former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' 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 CrapoBiden convenes bipartisan meeting on cancer research Senate panel unanimously advances top Biden economic nominees Biden nominee previews post-Trump trade agenda MORE (R), both of whom are running for reelection, and Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim GriffinJohn (Tim) Timothy GriffinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by TikTok - Senate trial will have drama, but no surprise ending Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin drops gubernatorial campaign, to run for attorney general Sarah Huckabee Sanders's run for governor an early test for Trump allies 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 immigrant, gun rights and more.

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 GonzalezRepublicans, please save your party House GOP campaign chief: Not helpful for Trump to meddle in primaries Trump endorses Tim Scott for reelection MORE (R-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.

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Obamas Former Education Secretary Announces Hes Running For Governor Of Maryland

John King, who served as secretary of education from 2016 to 2017 under then-President Barack Obama, will run for governor of Maryland in 2022, he announced Tuesday.

King centers schools and racial equity issues in his announcement video. He is the fourth Democrat to declare for the race, according to WTOP News. Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is nearing the end of his second term and can not run again.

I’m running for governor of Maryland because I see the vision of a prosperous future for our state, built on economic, racial, climate, and educational justice. We as Marylanders have a common destiny, and we can realize that future together. Join us:

— John King (@JohnBKing) April 20, 2021

King’s website claims that he will “expand economic opportunity and dignity, create more good-paying jobs, and ensure all Marylanders have access to affordable, quality health care and a healthy, sustainable environment.” He also will “ensure [that] government is a force for good in people’s lives.” (RELATED: Obama’s Outgoing Secretary Of Education Calls For ‘Safe Spaces’ On ALL College Campuses)

As secretary of education and New York’s education commissioner, King was a proponent of the Obama Administration’s Common Core standardized testing. Nearly 20% of eligible New York students did not take the Common Core test in 2015, King’s last full year as education commissioner, after parents boycotted the tests. Left-wing activists increasingly view standardized tests, including the SAT and ACT, as contributing to systemic racism.

King also contributed to the Department of Education’s deeper involvement in race and gender issues. He sent a 2016 letter warning public schools that allowing transgender students to use the bathroom and locker room corresponding with their gender identity was legally determined to be a civil rights requirement by the Obama administration.

King also issued guidance recommending that colleges stop asking students about their criminal records. The Education Department claimed that doing so was a racial justice issue.

“Data show plainly that people of color are more likely to come in contact with the justice system due, in part, to punitive school disciplinary policies that disproportionately impact certain student groups and racial profiling,” King’s report claimed.

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