Ron Johnson is borrowing from New Hampshire Kelly Ayotte’s playbook and laughably suggesting that there’s a difference “supporting” and “endorsing” Donald Trump.
- First off, they are the same thing. It’s all semantics. “I intend to support the Republican nominee” means the same thing as “I am going to certainly endorse the Republican nominee.”
- Secondly, that second one phrasing’s a verbatim Johnson quote. He’s already said he’s endorsing Trump. “I am going to certainly endorse the Republican nominee, and obviously it looks like that will be Mr. Trump” is an endorsement.
To recap: Johnson’s already said he’s endorsing Trump and his latest qualifier does nothing to change his original pledge to do so.
Here’re some other glowing words Johnson has had for Trump:
- Just last week, Johnson said he’s “sympathetic with someone like Mr. Trump.”
- “I think what’s resonating about Donald Trump — I’d like to think is some of things that’s appealing about my candidacy here in Wisconsin.”
- “[Trump’s] tapping in to the public’s anger and distrust and disgust of how ineffective and inefficient and inept the federal government is and I certainly share that distrust and disgust.”
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