March 4, 2024

Matt Rosendale announces Senate run in Montana, setting up a Maga civil war

Former president Donald Trump endorsed a favorite candidate of the Republican institution in Montana’s Senate race as a substitute of the the extra MAGA-friendly candidate on Friday afternoon.

Congressman Matt Rosendale, one of many eight Republicans who voted to oust Kevin McCarthy, introduced he’ll run for the Republican nomination for Senate in Montana to problem incumbent Democrat Jon Tester.

But Mr Trump introduced that he would endorse Tim Sheehy, whom institution Republicans largely support, as a substitute of Mr Rosendale.

“I also respect Matt Rosendale, and was very happy to Endorse him in the past – and will Endorse him again in the future should he decide to change course and run for his Congressional Seat,” Mr Trump stated on Truth Social. “But in this instance, Tim is the candidate who is currently best-positioned to DEFEAT Lazy Jon Tester, and Regain the Republican Majority in the United States Senate.”

Mr Rosendale made the announcement in a video on Friday after a lot hypothesis that he would accomplish that. Mr Rosendale ran for Senate in opposition to Mr Tester in 2018 and narrowly fell quick even in a yr when many incumbent Democrats misplaced re-election in states that Donald Trump run.

Mr Rosendale referred to as out Mr Sheehy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“This Republican primary race is the people of Montana versus Mitch McConnell, Joe Biden and the Washington insiders,” Mr Rosendale stated in his announcement video. “Mitch McConnell knows that I won’t support him for Republican leader, so he’s trying to keep me out of the Senate.”

Mr Rosendale bragged that he voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election on January 6 and contrasted it with how Mr Sheehy gave cash to Nikki Haley, Mr Trump’s sole remaining opponent in the GOP main.

But Mr Tester instructed The Independent that he didn’t care who can be the nominee.

“Well, I mean, look, I don’t have much reaction, but frankly, I don’t really think it matters who comes out of the primary,” he stated. “This is going to be the same race.”

So far, Mr Trump has not endorsed in the Montana race however varied allies of Mr Trump have ended up on varied sides. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia endorsed Mr Sheehy. Conversely, Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida endorsed Mr Rosendale.

“I’m 100% sure Mitch McConnell has a candidate in the Montana GOP Primary,” he stated. “And 1000% sure it isn’t Matt Rosendale. Fire Mitch. Support Rosendale.”

Mr Gaetz and Mr Rosendale each opposed Kevin McCarthy’s bid for speaker in January of final yr and had been two of the eight Republicans who voted sure on a movement to vacate to eject Mr McCarthy.

Montana voted for Mr Trump twice. In 2020, Mr Trump beat President Joe Biden by greater than 16 factors and Mr Daines roundly beat then-governor Steve Bullock, a Democrat, by 10 factors for re-election. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rated the Montana Senate race as a toss-up.