First on Fox: Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas, endorsed former President Trump in the 2024 presidential race on Monday, calling for an end to the “political primary charade.”
Marshall, a Trump ally since the former president’s first term in office, said he supports Trump to advance farmers’ priorities, restore border security and reduce inflation rates caused by the Biden administration.
“Since the day Joe Biden set foot in the Oval Office, the White House has declared war on American agriculture and American energy independence in pursuit of the Green New Deal agenda and electric vehicle mandates,” Marshall said in a statement to Fox News Digital.
He continued: “Joe Biden declared war on American sovereignty by opening our borders, ceding control to gangs, allowing approximately 10 million illegal aliens to enter our country, and allowing deadly fentanyl to flow into our communities.”
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Marshall blamed Biden’s “lack of leadership” and said he had abandoned the country’s “Christian values and undermined our constitutional rights.”
“Our farmers and ranchers feed the world, and Kansans deserve a president who understands that, and a leader who values the energy that Americans produce. That’s why I support President Donald Trump. While others may try to emulate him, only President Trump will get our country back on track from day one.”
“Along with the onslaught of stifling regulations, Joe Biden has declared war on our economy by unleashing a level of federal spending unprecedented in modern history, causing the highest inflation and interest rates we have seen in decades,” he said.
He added: “It is time for the Republican Party to unite behind President Trump. Let’s end the political primary charade and focus on Joe Biden’s retirement.”
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Marshall was an outspoken critic of the Democratic-led impeachment hearing in 2021 after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, and voted to acquit Trump in February. He said at the time that “both sides are guilty of heated rhetoric” regarding January 6.
“But the House managers and Democrats are equally culpable for their hypocrisy, and President Trump’s defense team has painted that picture clearly,” he said in February 2021.
The senator also supported Trump’s efforts to tighten election integrity after the disputed 2020 general election.
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Marshall joins a group of dozens of Senate Republicans who have already endorsed Trump.
Meanwhile, Trump has the support of nearly 80 Republicans in the House of Representatives. On Sunday, Trump also received the support of Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Trump leads the race for the Republican nomination with the support of a record 62% of Republican primary voters in a new Fox News poll published last week. This translates to a gap of about 50 points between Trump, Ron DeSantis (14%), and Nikki Haley (11%). Vivek Ramaswamy (7%), Chris Christie (3%) and Asa Hutchinson (1%) go even further.