Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) threw her support behind former President Donald Trump just hours before he officially announced that he would be making a third bid for the White House.
“President Trump has my full endorsement and my support as our Republican nominee in 2024,” the firebrand conservative told reporters, according to a clip posted to social media on Tuesday.
The clip was posted just hours before Trump announced a 2024 campaign at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Greene said he energizes the base and increases voter turnout while discussing the upcoming Senate runoff election in Georgia. Greene is reportedly being considered as Trump’s running mate.
Trump’s announcement comes after months of speculation and hints dropped by the former president that he intended to run, making the official announcement at 9 p.m. Florida time on Tuesday.
One person who could challenge Trump for the GOP nomination is Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), who Trump has repeatedly attacked in the leadup to his announcement, and warned against running. DeSantis recently pushed back on the former president’s claim that he won more votes in Florida during the 2020 election than DeSantis won during the midterms.
“We focused on results and leadership,” DeSantis said. “And, you know, at the end of the day, I would just tell people to go check out the scoreboard from last Tuesday night. The fact of the matter is, it was the greatest Republican victory in the history of the state of Florida.”
Greene did praise DeSantis as an “incredible” governor and said she hopes he’ll consider staying there. When asked to comment on people lining up behind DeSantis, or anyone else, Greene Trump “remains the leader of the Republican Party.”
However, an increasing number of conservative voices have expressed frustration at the former president after several candidates that he endorsed in competitive races, such as Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, and Kari Lake in Arizona, lost their races to their Democratic opponents, with many placing the blame squarely on Trump’s shoulders.