On Super Tuesday, American Bridge 21st Century highlights the GOP Senate 2016ers support for Donald Trump. Whether it’s pledging their support, finding Trump entertaining, or scoring some campaign cash through Trump’s face, the GOP has not just embraced the Republican front-runner — they’ve defined what it means to be the #PartyOfTrump.
“Today wouldn’t be complete without remembering the 2016 Senate GOPers and their support of the GOP front-runner. The #PartyOfTrump has not only supported, but cashed in on Trump’s image despite his hateful and incendiary rhetoric,” said American Bridge 21st Century Press Secretary Katie Lewallen. “The GOP Senators seeking re-election and Congressman Joe Heck have proudly worn the Tea Party banner, winning election or reelection in 2010, and now they’re joining forces to spread their divisive policies and message from the Silver State to the Granite State.”
Read more comments by Republican senators and senate candidates in support of Trump:
- New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte called Donald Trump’s candidacy “a positive thing.” She’s refused to condemn Trump’s candidacy, though offered many chances to go on the record against the demagogue. In a radio interview, Ayotte also seemed to say she would support whoever won New Hampshire.
- Ohio Senator Rob Portman agreed that Donald Trump is qualified to be president and that he would support Trump if he wins the nomination.
- Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson compared himself to Trump, saying “I think what’s resonating about Donald Trump… is appealing about my candidacy.”
- After Trump won the Nevada Caucus, Nevada Senate candidate Joe Heck excitedly tweeted that it was a “heck of a night.” Previously, Heck has also agreed that Trump’s stance against birthright citizenship should “be part of the discussion.”
- Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey on Donald Trump: “He’s definitely striking a chord, there’s no question about that.” When asked about why Trump is resonating and Toomey also said, “I understand it.”
- Missouri Senator Roy Blunt on Trump’s campaign said, “I think it’s generally a good thing and I think Donald Trump has been a helpful part of drawing attention to the real contrast between the debate going on the side that I’m on and the debate going on on the other side.”
- North Carolina Senator Richard Burr said that he would be “delighted” if Trump wins the nomination: “Donald Trump has done a tremendous job. I think Donald Trump has brought a level of passion to running for office that I’m delighted to see.”
- Arizona Senator John McCain said “I will respect the verdict of Republican voters” and will support Trump if he’s the Republican nominee.
- Illinois Senator Mark Kirk was criticized for making “Trump-style remarks.”
- Colorado senate candidate Robert Blaha said he will support the Republican nominee and “I think Donald Trump is doing a great job.”
- Colorado senate candidates Tim Neville and Ryan Frazier said they will support the Republican nominee for president.
- Florida senate candidate David Jolly said he would support the GOP nominee and that “Donald Trump is resonating with our voters,” and that “Trump might be at the top of our ticket.”
- Florida senate candidate Todd Wilcox said that Trump was “brash and bold… a masterful entertainer.”
- Florida senate candidate Carlos Lopez-Cantera said he will support the Republican nominee for president.
- Arkansas Senator John Boozman and other NRSC targets benefited from the sell of Trump koozies.