Trump Announces "Anti-Endorsement" of GOP Candidate for PA Gov

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    The Facts

    • Former President Trump took to social media on Tues. to announce that he wouldn't be supporting GOP candidate Bill McSwain in the race for Gov. of PA.

    • "Do not vote for Bill McSwain, a coward, who let our country down," read his statement about the man who he appointed as US attorney for PA, accusing him of doing "absolutely nothing on the massive election fraud that took place in Philadelphia and throughout the commonwealth."

    The Spin

    Democratic narrative

    "It was there for the taking." Once again the disgraced, twice-impeached former president has signed his own confession by arguing that McSwain should've helped him overturn the results of a free and fair election. In Trump's world, might makes right, and the only failure is the failure to use power to keep power.

    Pro-Trump narrative

    82% of Republicans maintain a "favorable" or "somewhat favorable" view of Trump. He remains the GOP kingmaker, and his endorsement is worth its weight in gold. It's his responsibility to choose candidates who align with his vision of America First, and that includes the critical issue of election security.

    Cynical narrative

    Trump's firm grip on the Republican party remains strong. But his idiosyncratic endorsements in local races across the country offer very little insight into this reality. The press should stop focusing on such messy data points and consider instead the bigger picture - the views of GOP candidates on what occurred in 2020 is a better litmus test.

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