Trump Endorses Mastriano for Governor in PA Primary

    Photo: Standard-Speaker [via The New York Times]

    The Facts

    • Trump has issued a last-minute endorsement in the GOP primary contest for governor of Pennsylvania, backing state senator and retired US Army Col. Doug Mastriano.

    • Mastriano was already leading the polls in the crowded GOP primary field, and Trump's endorsement is likely to cement his position heading into the Tues. primary.


    The Spin

    Pro-Trump narrative

    Once again Trump's endorsement has helped to elevate the campaign of a political outsider who aims to challenge the political establishment. If history tell us anything, Mastriano - with Trump by his side - will be a force to be reckoned with in the general election.

    Left narrative

    Trump has thrown his endorsement behind one of the biggest proponents of his "big lie" that the election was stolen and now he faces what may prove to be his endorsement Waterloo, having also backed the unpopular Mehmet Oz. Trump is squandering key races across the Northeast with his nonsensical brand of defiant politics.

    Narrative C

    This is the clearest indication yet that Trump is actually no longer in charge of the MAGA movement. Could it be that he's lost control of more authoritarian forces that he unleashed within the Republican Party, making his endorsements weak and after-the-fact?


    Establishment split

    CRITICAL

    PRO

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