House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., has officially endorsed former President Donald Trump for the 2024 presidential race.
In a statement obtained by Fox News Digital, Scalise highlighted the successes of the Trump presidency, contrasting them with what he perceives as the challenges under President Biden.
Scalise’s endorsement: A call for Trump’s leadership
Scalise expressed his support for Trump, emphasizing the prosperity and security witnessed during Trump’s presidency.
He cited a robust economy, low-interest rates, and affordable living costs.
Scalise argued that Biden’s administration has led to chaos, with skyrocketing costs, doubled gas prices, and declining housing affordability.
Scalise cites economic downturn under Biden’s leadership
The House majority leader criticized President Biden for what he sees as deteriorating economic conditions and safety.
Scalise pointed to record-high inflation, doubled mortgage rates, and an increase in interest rates, painting a bleak picture of the current administration’s impact on Americans.
Border crisis and national security concerns
Scalise highlighted the issues at the southern border, citing over 6.2 million encounters and 1.7 million known “gotaways” from various countries.
He raised concerns about the spike in migrant encounters, terrorist watchlist apprehensions, and the seizure of large quantities of fentanyl.
Scalise envisions Trump as the solution
Scalise emphasized the need for a strong leader to address the problems created by Biden’s policies.
He sees Donald Trump as the solution, with a proven track record of restoring the country to greatness.
Scalise expressed confidence in Trump’s ability to navigate challenges and work towards a better future for American families and workers.
Democrats respond to Scalise’s Trump endorsement
Sarafina Chitika, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) national press secretary, responded to Scalise’s endorsement by labeling House Republicans as supporters of Trump’s “MAGA agenda.”
Chitika criticized Scalise’s voting record, referencing his opposition to certifying the 2020 election and his stance on issues such as abortion and healthcare.
Trump faces primary ballot challenges
Scalise’s endorsement comes amid attempts in several states to remove Trump from their primary ballots.
Recent rulings, such as the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision based on the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause, have challenged Trump’s candidacy.
Navigating political waters in 2024 presidential race
As Scalise throws his support behind Trump, the dynamics of the 2024 presidential race continue to unfold.
The endorsement underscores the alignment of certain House Republicans with Trump’s agenda, while criticisms from the Democratic side highlight the ongoing polarization within the political landscape.
The upcoming primary battles and political maneuvering will shape the trajectory of the presidential race in the coming months.