President Donald Trump announced his final picks for the “deep bench” of forthcoming Republican talent, naming his favorite conservatives in an interview with Fox News host Lisa Boothe on Monday.
Trump named Gov. Ron DeSantis (FL), Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Rand Paul (KY), former press secretary and current Arkansas Governor candidate Sarah Sanders and Gov. Kristi Noem (SD) as strong conservatives he supports.
“There’s a pretty deep bench,” Trump said. He added one of these individuals could even be among the vice-presidential candidate he would name if he runs for president in the 2024 election.
Trump has endorsed numerous conservatives in recent weeks. One surprise visit included attending a Sarah Sanders for Governor campaign event.
Great weekend on the campaign trail featuring a surprise appearance at one of my events by President Trump! pic.twitter.com/mn81i9AbsU
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) March 15, 2021
The former president did not note former Vice President Mike Pence. Trump became critical of the former vice president when he refused to oppose certifying the presidential results on Jan. 6.
During the interview, Trump also criticized Sen. Mitch McConnell for his failures to oppose liberal members in the Republican party. The former president specifically noted Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski (AK), Ben Sasse (NE) and Mitt Romney (UT).
In contrast, Trump noted Democrats have remained united in their politic strategies. “They stick together, they’re smart and they’re vicious. But they have lousy policy.”
Trump’s encouragement often leads to dollars and votes for Republican candidates. The conservative movement continues to find out who the former president supports for upcoming elections as he speaks out in media ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.