- Trump enjoyed the chaos caused by his vague endorsement in the Missouri primary, Rolling Stone said.
- Trump reveled in seeing the two nominees named Eric face off, a source told the outlet.
- The source said Trump “thought it was a thing of beauty” to see the two claiming the endorsement.
Former President Donald Trump privately reveled in the chaos caused by the vague endorsement message he posted that appeared to support two Missouri GOP primary candidates named Eric, rolling stone reported Tuesday.
The outlet spoke to a person close to Trump who said the former president enjoyed watching the candidates – Eric Greitens and Eric Schmitt – rushing to claim approval.
According to Rolling Stone, the source said Trump “thought it was a thing of beauty and too funny” to watch the situation unfold.
“I trust the Great People of Missouri, on this one, to make up their own minds, just like they did when they gave me landslide victories in the 2016 and 2020 elections, and so I’m proud to announce that ERIC has my full and full approval!” Trump wrote in his message.
Schmitt, the state’s attorney general, and Greitens, a former governor, rushed to claim that Trump was referring to them.
According to the outlet, an anonymous third party had floated the idea that Trump left the statement ambiguous and endorsed “Eric” without giving a last name.
Politico’s sources said Trump opted for the dual endorsement plan after ensuring the candidates’ first names were identical.
Decision Desk HQ called the race for Schmittwho stood out early this morning from Greitens with 45.7% of the vote against 19.22% for the latter.
Greitens’ loss could represent a victory for GOP factions that didn’t want the MAGA-linked candidate to win his race.
Trump’s approval record has come under scrutiny amid GOP midterm primariesespecially following the explosive testimonies heard during House hearings on the former president’s conduct on the day of the Capitol riot.
High-level GOP figures like the former vice president Mike Pence and Senator Ted Cruz also appear to have broken with the former president by throwing their weight behind opponents of Trump-backed candidates.
But an endorsement from Trump still seems to have some sway in the ranks of MAGA loyalists.
For example, Representative Mo Brooks, a former Trumpworld loyalist, without success appealed to Trump for further endorsement. This was after Trump rescinded his support for Brooks in March, saying congressman ‘woke up’ in 2020 election.
In May, Trump said his endorsement record was ‘unprecedented’ and that Republican candidates should fear him and line up. But Trump seems used to approving candidates who would win without his supportwhile his riskier choices like JD Vance and Mehmet Oz, aka Dr. Oz, have enraged some of his followers.