Supporters Outraged After Trump Endorses ‘Never Trumper’ Over America First Candidate In House Race

In a move that has put former President Donald Trump at odds with his most fervent supporters, the former President inexplicably endorsed an establishment ‘Never Trumper,’ Morgan Ortagus, in a primary bid for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District.

This unexpected endorsement comes as a surprise to Robby Starbuck (an American First candidate and staunch Trump ally) who had announced his candidacy in June 2021.

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It’s a swift backlash

Trump’s endorsement of Ortagus was criticized by some of the top Republican politicians. Candace Owens, conservative commentator and blogger voiced her disapproval on Twitter.

Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a strong Trump supporter in Congress (R-NC), took to Twitter to reaffirm his support for Starbuck.

Another outspoken supporter of Donald Trump, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), stated that she would continue to back Starbuck saying that he “has been a champion for ‘America First’ for a long time.”

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One Reason For Blowback: Ortagus’ Past

Donald Trump endorses Morgan Ortagus, which is not only a blatant ploy to rob Starbuck but also because of her opposition and America First beliefs.

Ortagus was a Jeb Bush superPAC employee in 2016. She criticized Trump’s America First foreign policy as an “isolationist foreign policy approach,” and also described Trump as “disgusting” and “not serious.” 

In a radio interview she said, “Quite frankly, I don’t want someone with the temperament of a middle school pubescent boy in the president’s office.” 

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Trump Inner Circle Seeks Endorsement As Too Late

Ortagus is not yet officially announcing her candidacy. 

Following the near-universal backlash from Trump supporters, an unnamed Trump aide called the nod “a misstep” that has created some rather tense feelings between Trump and his most ardent supporters.

Those deepest within the inner circle, Trump’s eldest son Don Jr. and social media director Dan Scavino, have criticized the endorsement. 

It will be fascinating to see whether Trump admits his mistake or moves on.