If you expected Donald Trump to go quietly into the night, you were wrong. Less than a week since leaving the White House and former President Trump has already made his first official endorsement. Trump formally endorsed former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for Arkansas governor in a statement.
Thank you President Trump for your endorsement and for always believing in me. As governor I will defend our freedom and lead with heart pic.twitter.com/QFtyuNpSm1
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) January 26, 2021
The Daily Wire reports:
Sanders jumped into the race which already has two other GOP competitors: Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. Current Gov. Asa Hutchinson is blocked from running for reelection because of term limits.
Sanders, who has relatively high name recognition from her time in the Trump administration, is expected to begin the campaign with an edge in polling. She is also the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is now a conservative political commentator.
Sanders announced her run for governor, which has been rumored since soon after she left the Trump administration in June 2019, in a video put out on Monday morning.
“America is great because we are free, but today our freedom and the rule of law are under attack. I was the first White House press secretary to require Secret Service protection because of a credible, violent threat against me. We’ve seen violence in our streets, at a congressional baseball practice and at our Capitol. This is not who we are as Americans,” Sanders said.
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Watch Sarah Huckabee Sander’s video below.