Trump rejoices in chaos caused by vague Missouri endorsement: report

  • Trump enjoyed the chaos caused by his vague endorsement in the Missouri primary, per Rolling Stone.
  • Trump reveled in seeing the two nominees named Eric face off, a source told the outlet.
  • The source said Trump “thought it was a thing of beauty” to see both sides claiming the endorsement.

Former President Donald Trump privately reveled in the chaos caused by the vague endorsement message he posted that appeared to support two Missouri GOP primary candidates named “Eric”, Rolling Stone reported Tuesday.

The outlet spoke to a source close to Trump, who said the former president enjoyed watching the candidates – Eric Greitens and Eric Schmitt – rushing to claim approval.

Per Rolling Stone, the source said Trump “thought it was a thing of beauty and too funny” to watch the situation unfold.

On Monday, Trump appeared to endorse Greitens and Schmitt in an article on Truth Social, but left ambiguity over which “Eric” he was supporting.

“I trust the Great People of Missouri, on this one, to make up their own minds, just like they did when they gave me landslide victories in the 2016 and 2020 elections, and so I’m proud to announce that ERIC has my full and full approval!” Trump wrote in his message.

Schmitt, the state’s attorney general, and Greitens, a former governor, rushed to claim that Trump was referring to them.

Politico reported that Trump’s odd endorsement was due to him running out of time after self-imposed deadline to decide between Greitens and Schmitt.

According to the outlet, an anonymous third party had hinted that Trump might leave the statement ambiguous and endorse “Eric” without specifying a last name.

According to Politico’s sources, Trump opted for the double endorsement after verifying that the two first names were identical.

Decision Desk called the race for Schmitt, who at press time had walked away from Greitens with 45.7% of the vote to the latter’s 19.22%.

Greitens’ loss could represent a victory for GOP factions that didn’t want the MAGA-linked candidate to win his race.

Missouri Republicans, for their part, aired attack ads against Greitens, who has been accused of blackmail by a woman he was having an affair with and domestic violence by his ex-wife.

Trump’s endorsement record has come under intense scrutiny amid the GOP’s midterm primaries, particularly in the wake of explosive testimony heard at January 6 hearings into the former’s conduct. President on the day of the Capitol Riot.

GOP figures like former Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Ted Cruz also appear to have broken with the former president by throwing their weight behind opponents of Trump-backed candidates.

However, an endorsement from Trump still seems to have some sway in the ranks of the MAGA faithful.

Former Trumpworld loyalist Mo Brooks, for his part, unsuccessfully sought Trump’s re-approval for Trump to re-approve him. This was after Trump rescinded his support for Brooks in March, saying the congressman “woke up” in the 2020 election.

In May, Trump claimed his approval record was “unprecedented” and that Republican candidates should fear him and line up. However, Trump appears to be used to backing candidates who would win anyway, while his riskier picks like JD Vance and Dr. Mehmet Oz have infuriated some of his supporters.

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