In what many thought was bound to happen, former U.S. President Donald Trump has once again come out in favor of Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves heading into the Nov. 7 general election.
Reeves released a new commercial on Tuesday – one day before he and Democratic challenger Brandon Presley are set to take the debate stage – showing Trump endorsing him over “President Biden’s candidate.”
“Crooked Joe Biden is absolutely destroying our country,” Trump said. “Now, Joe Biden wants to put his candidate – and this is his candidate – Brandon Presley in as Mississippi’s governor.”
Trump, who is in the middle of his third presidential campaign after losing a second-term attempt in 2020 to Biden, went on to allege that the current president has directed Democratic donors to contribute to Presley’s campaign.
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“Joe Biden’s people are funding Brandon Presley’s campaign. They own him. He’ll do whatever they want him to do,” Trump continued. “It’s really bad for Mississippi. I’m asking you to make time to vote, and you’ve got to vote for Governor Tate Reeves who has my total and complete endorsement.”
While Trump did not call out specific individuals who have donated to Presley’s campaign, Reeves has used multiple opportunities along the trail to call out his opponent for receiving support from Democratic governors Gavin Newsom of California and Phil Murphy of New Jersey, former Georgia State Rep. Stacey Abrams, and “Hollywood liberals” such as Morgan Freeman.
Trump’s endorsement of Reeves is similar to that of 2019 when the former Republican president voiced his support for the then-lieutenant governor just five days before the election. Some speculate that Trump’s endorsement four years ago gave Reeves the edge he needed in defeating former Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood by five points.
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