Steve Scalise Issues His Official Presidential Endorsement

( – House Majority Leader and former nominee for the Speakership Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) has officially endorsed Donald Trump for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. Trump is consolidating his support from Republicans in Congress with the latest announcement.

Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) and GOP Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) are among the GOP leaders who already made official endorsements for Trump.

Scalise posted on X (Twitter) saying he was “proud” to make the announcement in support of Trump’s presidential bid. He added that he was looking forward to working with President Trump and other leaders in Congress to mitigate the damage done by “Biden’s failed policies.”

Scalise recently chastised the Biden administration for its failure to secure the southern border in an interview with Fox News. He also took shots at Biden’s impact on the economy, noting a spike in energy and gas costs, a lack of affordable housing, mortgage rates doubling, and record inflation. He argued each negative impact was caused by the Biden administration’s policy failures.

Scalise also added that working class families were far better off during the Trump years than they are now under Biden.

His support bring’s Trump’s congressional tally amongst Republican members of the House to 95 out of 219. The endorsement comes in the last few weeks before the crucial Iowa caucuses and primaries. Trump is expected to emerge as the most popular candidate while Nikki Haley and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will battle for second place.

Haley and DeSantis are the only two candidates, in addition to Trump, who qualified for the next GOP debate by meeting CNN’s criteria of scoring at least 10% in three recognized polls. Trump declined to attend and will host his own town hall style discussion during the debate on January 10th, just five days before the primary. Fox News is hosting that event.

Trump said he’d attend the debates if the primary was close, but since he’s beating them with a substantial lead he doesn’t feel the need to debate.

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