South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem recently called for Republicans to “unite behind President Trump.” The governor’s endorsement comes ahead of the Iowa caucuses, which are set to begin in a few weeks as former President Trump continues to lead the Republican primary polls, far ahead of any other challengers.
Noem pointed out that as primary candidates begin to filter out, the poll numbers still aren’t moving. Supposedly, supporters of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and others believed the gap between Trump and other candidates would narrow as the race became tighter. However, this has not occurred. “We were told that as the [Republican primary] field shrinks, the polls would narrow,” she said. “Well… the field has been shrinking, and support for President Trump has been growing, now sitting at over 50% (Up from 43% in Oct).”
As it becomes increasingly inevitable that Trump will secure the Republican nominee, Noem called for Republicans to consolidate their efforts on the former president as to effectively beat the incumbent Biden administration in 2024. “It’s time to unite behind President Trump and focus all our efforts and resources on defeating Joe Biden,” she said.
Gov. Noem officially endorsed Donald Trump during a September South Dakota rally, where she called the former president “the leader” and “the fighter that our country needs.” Noem pledged her full support for Trump, vowing to do everything in her power to ensure his victory against Joe Biden.
“It is my honor to present to you the man in their arena. He is a man of significance. He is the leader, the fighter that our country needs. He has my full and complete endorsement for President of the United States of America. I will do everything I can to help him win and save this country. Ladies and gentlemen, the 45th and the 47th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.”
Gov. Noem’s endorsement of Trump follows many other conservative figures publicly supporting the former president as it becomes apparent he will be the Republican nominee. For example, former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy recently endorsed Trump during an interview with CBS. When asked if Trump would become the nominee, McCarthy answered, “Yes.”
“And if Biden stays as the nominee for the Democrats, I believe Donald Trump will win. I believe the Republicans will gain more seats in the House, and the Republicans will win the Senate,” the former Speaker added. “I will support the president. I will support President Trump,” he said, offering his endorsement.
McCarthy also noted that he would be willing to work in Trump’s cabinet if the position suited him. He also explained the “honest” nature of his relationship with President Trump, citing a history of collaborating on various policies.
“Look, if I’m the best person for the job, yes. Look, I worked with President Trump on a lot of policies. We worked together to win the majority. But we also have a relationship where we’re very honest with one another,” he added.
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