2nd Highest-Ranked GOP Senator and Trump Critic Endorses Him, Increasing His Support

Article originally appeared on www.westernjournal.com.

The second-highest ranking Republican in the Senate has endorsed former President Donald Trump’s bid to return to the White House.

Senate Minority Whip John Thune of South Dakota – a previous outspoken critic of Trump – endorsed Trump during an interview Saturday with Fox News.

The network reported Thune phoned Trump on Saturday after his win in the South Carolina primary.

When speaking on the 2024 election, the senator said he was in the former president’s corner.

“I support former President Trump’s campaign to win the presidency, and I intend to do everything I can to see that he has a Republican majority in the Senate working with him to restore American strength at home and abroad,” Thune told Fox.

Trump and Thune clashed after the 2020 election when Thune declined to support Trump’s challenge to now-President Joe Biden’s victory. In December 2020, The Hill reported at the time, Thune predicted the efforts would …

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