President Donald Trump has warned Republicans not to cross him if they’re running for office, saying it will be impossible for them to win an election without his endorsement.
Asked if Republicans should be afraid of not being aligned with Trump’s agenda, the former president told CNB News on Tuesday, “Well, if they want to win politically, probably, because if I endorsed them, they win and if I don’t endorse them, they don’t win. I mean, that’s almost 100 percent of the case.”
He added, “My record is unparalleled, my endorsements, it’s totally unparalleled. Nobody’s ever had a record like this. I’m almost unblemished.”
As of this week, Trump has a 55-0 streak when it comes to picking the winning candidates in primaries. He has endorsed over 150 Republican candidates for a variety of offices across the country. Meanwhile, the GOP is aiming to gain control of one or both houses of Congress in the midterms, which historically lead to a sitting president’s party losing seats. Republicans are closely watching to see if Trump can continue to be a kingmaker.
The first test of Trump’s political power in influencing the outcome of races came Tuesday during Ohio’s May 3 GOP primary. The high-profile Senate race featured a crowded field of candidates fighting for the former president’s support.
J.D. Vance, a venture capitalist backed by billionaire Peter Thiel, eventually secured the coveted Trump endorsement in mid-April, which not only gave him a massive boost in the polls but led to his victory Tue…