Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) backed 45th President Donald Trump for the 2024 GOP candidacy on Thursday, a day after his colleague Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) endorsed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) for the nomination.
Jordan has been a longtime backer of President Trump, telling Donald Trump Jr. earlier this month that he is “100 percent” on board with the GOP frontrunner.
“Well, two things. The way we ultimately get back, not get back, but the way we ultimately remedy it is to make sure President Trump gets elected president in 2024,” Jordan said at the time, adding, “I’ve been for him since day one.”
“When he announced and before he announced I was encouraging him to announce and run again,” the Ohio Republican stated, concluding, “He’s our guy because he’s proven that he can get things done.”
Congressman. Roy wrote an email endorsing Ron DeSantis for the GOP nomination, becoming the first prominent Republican to do so even before DeSantis declared his candidacy. Jordan’s endorsement of Trump follows Rep. Roy’s email.
“The next President of the United States must be a vibrant and energetic leader with the faith, vision, and courage to chart a new course,” the congressman began. “America needs a leader who will truly defend her and empower the people against the destructive force of unrestrained government and corporate excess, profligate spending, and woke cultural indoctrination.”
“That leader is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis,” Roy declared.
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“Governor DeSantis is a man of conviction – a man who puts his faith in God first as a dedicated husband and father,” Roy wrote. “He grew up a blue-collar kid who worked hard, got a great education, and used it immediately to serve his country. He loves America unapologetically but loves freedom and the rule of law even more, with the courage to fight for both.”
“As Governor, he unequivocally has made Florida stronger and freer. Economic growth and prosperity in Florida surged upon his firm rejection of the devastating COVID mandates foisted upon us by foolishly empowered Washington bureaucrats,” the Texas Republican explained. “He stared down woke corporate America and higher education. And he stood with Texas in defense of our border – sending a message to elites in Martha’s Vineyard that they cannot ignore the human and economic toll of an open border.”
“America has been built upon and defined by the sacrifices of one generation for the next. When Republicans choose our 2024 presidential nominee – whom I intend to support against Joe Biden or any other Democrat candidate – I believe it’s time for a new generation of leadership,” he continued, adding, “It’s time for younger, but proven, leadership to offer America eight solid years of transformational change.”
“It’s time for Ron DeSantis to be President of the United States,” he concluded.
With the endorsements of two prominent House Republicans supporting distinct candidates, the battle lines for the GOP primary are beginning to take shape. The next primaries will be crucial not just for the future of the party but also for the future of the nation.