Trump Endorses Ken Paxton In AG Race

Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in his bid for re-election, snubbing George P. Bush despite his firm support after Trump has belittled some members of the Bush family, according to CNN.

“Ken is strong on Crime, Border Security, the Second Amendment, Election Integrity and, above all, our Constitution,” Trump said in a statement released Monday, adding that Paxton is a “true Texan who will keep Texas safe.”

While the Bush family and Trump have clashed over the years — most notably when Trump and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush battled it out in the 2016 presidential primary — George P. Bush supported the former President in 2016 and 2020 and told reporters when he launched his campaign in June that he had asked Trump for his endorsement and “would love to have his support.”

Bush, who is the current Texas land commissioner, is the son of Jeb Bush, nephew of former President George W. Bush and the grandson of the late former President George H.W. Bush.

According to a GOP source, Trump endorsing Paxton is like Lucy and the football and Charlie Brown. Even sources close to Bush believed this is exactly what would happen and warned him not to publicly play up to the former President because Trump would once again take glee in embarrassing the Bush family.Trump remains influential in GOP primary races and Paxton has been the target of controversy, but a senior GOP source in Texas said barring a bombshell, Trump’s endorsement means Paxton will win.

Bush had made the phrase “honor and integrity” a theme of his announcement speech, echoing a refrain often used by his uncle. Asked at his announcement if he thought that message will work in his campaign, he said: “Absolutely, I can take all the tips I can get, whether it’s W. or Trump.”

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