Trump-Endorsed GOP House Candidate Removed from Ballot

    Photo: Pool/AP [via Washington Post]

    The Facts

    • The Tennessee GOP has voted to remove Morgan Ortagus, former President Trump's chosen candidate for a House Seat, from the state's primary ballot along with two other candidates.

    • The Party ruled that the three candidates did not meet its bylaws, which include having voted in at least 3 of the last 4 Republican primaries.

    The Spin

    Pro-Trump narrative

    Trump's endorsement of Ortagus was always a bit of a head-scratcher. She's the quintessential party insider - a typical neoconservative, establishment figure always looking for a government paycheck. She doesn't embody the MAGA movement, and her ouster is no big loss for Trump or his movement.

    Democratic narrative

    Trump has gone against his advisors in making a number of questionable endorsements in the 2022 primary races, which may put his political brand in jeopardy. Perhaps the disgraced former President is finally about to lose his status as Republican kingmaker?

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