In what could prove to be a pivotal development in the race for a seat in the U.S. Senate from Missouri, former President Donald Trump declared on Friday that he does not plan to endorse Rep. Vicky Hartzler in the GOP primary, as the Kansas City Star reports.
Shortly before he hit the rally stage in Las Vegas, Trump took to his Truth Social platform and explained his decision concerning Hartzler’s candidacy.
“You can forget about Vicky Hartzler for Senate from the Great State of Missouri,” Trump began. “She called me this morning asking for my Endorsement, much as she has on many other occasions. I was anything but positive in that I don’t think she has what it takes to take on the Radical Left Democrats, together with their partner in the destruction of our Country, the Fake News Media and, of course, the deceptive & foolish RINOs,” he added, referring to the abbreviation for “Republicans in name only.”
“I was very nice to Vicky on the call, but will NOT BE ENDORSING HER FOR THE SENATE!” Trump concluded, leaving no room for doubt about where he stands on the question.
With roughly three weeks to go before voters cast their ballots in the contest, the RealClearPolitics polling average shows Hartzler in third place, trailing both Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and current frontrunner, former Gov. Eric Greitens, as Breitbart noted.
Applauding Trump’s decision not to endorse Hartzler was his son Donald Jr.’s fiancee, Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is currently serving as national chair of Greitens’ campaign.
“President Trump is exactly right,” Guilfoyle said on social media after the announcement was made. “We need tough & courageous conservatives who will NEVER back down in the Senate.”
Hartzler is assuredly disappointed — and perhaps even a little panicked — by her inability to secure Trump’s endorsement, given that of the 13 U.S. Senate candidates who have received the nod from the former president in the primary season thus far, all have prevailed.
Though conservative Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley has thrown his support behind Hartzler’s campaign, Trump’s refusal to do so could well prove determinative in the state’s Senate primary, but as always, only time will tell.