(RepublicanInformer.com)- Former President Donald Trump endorsed Senator Ron Johnson on Wednesday, calling on the staunch MAGA Republican to run again – even though he hasn’t announced a bed yet.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Johnson vowed when he was first elected to the Senate that he would only serve two terms, but former President Trump thinks he’s done such a good job that he should stick around.
In a statement published by his Save America PAC, Trump said that he is hoping Johnson will announce a big for another term.
“Even though he has not yet announced that he is running, and I certainly hope he does, I am giving my Complete and Total Endorsement to Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin,” Trump said.
“He is brave, he is bold, he loves our Country, our Military, and our Vets. He will protect our Second Amendment, and everything else we stand for. It is the kind of courage we need in the U.S. Senate. He has no idea how popular he is. Run, Ron, Run!” he added.
Johnson is expected to be a speaker at the Republican National Committee’s annual spring donor retreat that will take place in Palm Beach, Florida. That also happens to be where former President Donald Trump lives and runs his post-presidency political operations.
Trump will be speaking at the same event, but it could be an awkward meeting. Johnson said last month that leaving the Senate after completing his second term is “probably my preference now,” meaning it could take some real pushing from the former president to get him to run again.
He is one of several Republicans announcing their retirement, including Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey, North Carolina’s Richard Burr, Alabama’s Richard Shelby, Ohio’s Rob Portman, and Missouri’s Roy Blunt.
Politico reports that Republicans are joining former President Trump in calling for Johnson to run again as Democrats appear increasingly eager to replace him in the 2022 elections.
“It’s not only that Democrats see Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) as finally ripe for defeat after closely aligning himself with former President Donald Trump’s penchant for incendiary rhetoric. They also want to make a point that Johnson’s confrontational style is no longer a fit in his perennial swing state,” the outlet reports.
The outlet says that Johnson has a “frigid relationship” with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, but with reports suggesting that McConnell could be preparing to step down, it might be the one thing that could encourage him to run for at least one more term.