The never-Trumpers didn’t understand what kind of hole they were digging themselves into by not supporting him while he was in office. Now, they’ll get the message loud and clear.
Former President Donald Trump has endorsed the challenger to Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, the Washington Examiner reported. The Republican incumbent voted to impeach Trump following the attack on the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6, siding with Democrats who blamed the former president.
Max Miller, a former advisor in Trump’s White House, is seeking to prevent incumbent Gonzalez from winning a second term. “Max Miller is a wonderful person who did a great job at the White House and will be a fantastic Congressman,” Trump said in a statement Friday. “He is a Marine Veteran, a son of Ohio, and a true PATRIOT.
“Current Rep. Anthony Gonzalez should not be representing the people of the 16th district because he does not represent their interest or their heart,” the former president continued without mentioning the impeachment. “Max Miller has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” The 32-year-old Miller showed he was serious about his run after recently purchasing a home in the deep-red 16th Congressional District of Ohio.
Miller tweeted Friday he was “honored to be endorsed” by the former president as he began his Congressional campaign. “I will never back down and will never betray my constituents,” he said. “Join us. We will save America together.”
I am honored to be endorsed by President Donald J. Trump as I begin my campaign for Congress.
I will never back down and will never betray my constituents.
Join us. We will save America together.
— Max Miller (@MaxLMiller) February 26, 2021
In the waning days of the Trump administration, Democrats led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were moving forward with a second impeachment against the former president for supposedly inciting the attack on the capitol. “This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country,” Trump called it in a statement at the time. “No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago.”
Although he was ultimately acquitted, the move took a political toll as it underscored divisions between and within the two main political parties. Especially for Republicans, whether to stand with or against Trump has been an impactful decision and will continue to have significant political ramifications.
With Trump’s status as persona non grata in politics and on social media, many Republicans are beginning to realize that the left is coming after all conservatives, not just Trump. What happens to Gonzalez’s political future will be a bellwether for what’s to come in GOP — either they will unite behind Trump, or divide the party by going against him.