Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formally endorsed former President Donald Trump on Sunday at an event near the Texas-Mexico border.
Abbott heaped praise on Trump and maintained that a second term for the 77-year-old would address the country’s growing list of problems, including the border crisis.
“We need a president who will secure the border. “We need a president who will restore law and order to the United States of America, who will not allow these criminals to loot the stores you see images of almost every night,” Abbott stated.
“We need a president who will restore world peace, unlike this outbreak of war under Joe Biden. “We need Donald J. Trump to return as our president of the United States of America.”
Abbott’s endorsement was mocked before the event. He is the latest Republican governor to back the GOP front-runner and lead the nation’s largest red state.
The Texas primary is scheduled for March 5, a day after Trump goes to trial for his four-count indictment for alleged meddling in the 2020 election. Trump’s lawyers are seeking to change that date.
Donald Trump is the favorite in the 2024 Republican primaries.REUTERS
So far, at least seven of the 26 sitting Republican governors have endorsed Trump. Earlier this month, during the third Republican debate, Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders endorsed Trump.
Abbott is a three-term governor who had generated some 2024 buzz but ultimately declined to run. His predecessors Rick Perry and George W. Bush ran for president.
Both Trump and Abbott greeted Border Patrol agents during the event in Edinburg, Texas, on Sunday.
Donald Trump and Texas Governor Greg Abbott help serve food to Texas National Guard soldiers, police officers and others who will be stationed at the border during Thanksgiving.AP
Trump said he would “make the governor’s job very easy” in a brief 10-minute speech alluding to immigration issues plaguing the Lone Star State.
“Our country is going to hell,” Trump said. “We have some people who don’t care, aren’t very smart, or hate our country, and no one really knows the answer.”
Greg Abbott argued that Donald Trump is the man who will solve America’s problems.AP
Under Abbott’s direction, Texas has carried out Operation Lone Star, an operation that has moved immigrants to blue strongholds such as New York City, Chicago and Washington, DC.
Trump has a 44.5 percentage point lead over his closest GOP foe, according to the latest aggregate from RealClearPolitics.