Trump Backs McCormick in PA Senate Race, Despite Past Tensions

David McCormick receives crucial support in Senate bid

by Zain ul Abedin
Trump Backs McCormick in PA Senate Race, Despite Past Tensions
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In an intriguing turn of events, former President Donald Trump has endorsed David McCormick for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, urging supporters to back him in one of the nation’s most pivotal Senate races. This endorsement, pronounced at a rally in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, marks a significant shift from their previously strained relations, when Trump had notably undermined McCormick's candidacy in the state's Republican primary just two years prior.

Despite their complex history, Trump lauded McCormick as a "good man" committed to running a "good ship," acknowledging his intelligence and past successes in the business world. "He’s given up a lot to do this," Trump added, highlighting McCormick's sacrifices for the political arena.

However, McCormick, a former CEO of the prestigious hedge fund Bridgewater Associates and a part-time Connecticut resident, was notably absent from the event, attending a family commitment instead. From afar, McCormick expressed his gratitude via the social media platform X, stating, "Thank you, President Trump!

Together we will deliver a big win for Pennsylvania and America in November." This public acknowledgment comes amidst McCormick's campaign efforts to unseat Democratic incumbent Senator Bob Casey, a well-established figure in Pennsylvania politics seeking his fourth term.

Endorsement Shifts Dynamics

The endorsement by Trump is particularly noteworthy given the backdrop of the 2022 GOP primary. McCormick, among others, had vied for Trump's support to succeed retiring Senator Pat Toomey. At a pivotal meeting at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, Trump allegedly pressed McCormick to endorse the narrative that the 2020 election was stolen, a condition McCormick refused.

Shortly after, Trump threw his support behind Dr. Mehmet Oz, attacking McCormick as not being aligned with the MAGA movement and criticizing his professional ties, dubbing him a representative of "special interests and globalists." This latest endorsement could reshape McCormick’s campaign strategy, potentially rallying the Republican base by aligning with Trump, whose influence remains potent within the party.

As the race heats up, McCormick's challenge lies in navigating this endorsement while distinguishing himself from both his Democratic opponent and the shadows of past political skirmishes.