- Trump enjoyed the chaos caused by his vague endorsement in the Missouri primary, per Rolling Stone.
- 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 both sides claiming the endorsement.
Former President Donald Trump privately reveled in the chaos caused by the vague endorsement message he posted that appeared to back two Missouri GOP primary candidates named “Eric.” rolling stone reported Tuesday.
The outlet spoke to a source close to Trump, who said the former president enjoyed watching the candidates – Eric Greitens and Eric Schmitt – rushing to claim approval.
Per 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 Trump was referring to them.
According to the outlet, an anonymous third party had hinted that Trump might leave the statement ambiguous and endorse “Eric” without specifying a last name.
According to Politico’s sources, Trump opted for the double endorsement after verifying that the two first names were identical.
Decision Desk called the race for Schmittwho at the time of going to press had moved away from Greitens with a clear 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 the GOP midterm primaries, in particular following the explosive testimonies heard during the January 6 hearings into 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.
However, an endorsement from Trump still seems to have some sway in the ranks of MAGA loyalists.
Former Trumpworld loyalist Mo Brooks, for his part, without success called for Trump’s re-approval Trump to re-approve it. This was after Trump rescinded his support for Brooks in March, saying congressman ‘woke up’ in 2020 election.
In May, Trump claimed his endorsement record was ‘unprecedented’ and that Republican candidates should fear him and line up. However, Trump seems to have a habit of endorsing contestants who would win anywaywhile his riskier choices like JD Vance and Dr. Mehmet Oz have enraged some of his followers.