Trump endorses Larry Hogan who won’t return the favor

Former President Donald Trump wants to see Larry Hogan succeed in his Senate bid, but the former Maryland governor is not returning the love.

Trump threw his support behind Hogan in his Maryland race as he seeks to flip the Democrat-held Senate seat, telling Fox News a victory would help Republicans win back the majority in the upper chamber.

“I’d like to see him win. I think he has a good chance to win. I would like to see him win. And we’ve got to take the majority,” Trump told Fox News’s Aishah Hasnie.

After meeting with Republicans on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Trump was asked about supporting Hogan.

“We have to straighten out our country. So, I’d like to see him when he’s somebody that can win. I would. I know other people made some strong statements, but I can just say from my standpoint, I’m about the party and I’m about the country,” he said, referring to criticism leveled at Hogan after comments he made on Trump’s criminal trial.

“And I would like to see him win,” the former president said.

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When asked specifically about an endorsement, the presumptive GOP nominee said “Nobody’s asked me that. But, essentially, I would be endorsing. Yeah.”

But the former two-term governor, who hopes to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin, is evidently not keen on returning the favor.

“Gov. Hogan has been clear he is not supporting Donald Trump just as he didn’t in 2016 and 2020,” Hogan campaign senior adviser Mike Ricci, said in response to Trump’s comments, according to Fox News.

Hogan, who is running against Democrat Angela Alsobrooks for the Senate seat, came out saying on Trump’s hush money trial that people should “respect the verdict” before the jury found the former president guilty on 34 criminal counts.

“Regardless of the result, I urge all Americans to respect the verdict and the legal process. At this dangerously divided moment in our history, all leaders — regardless of party — must not pour fuel on the fire with more toxic partisanship,” he wrote in a post on X. “We must reaffirm what has made this nation great: the rule of law.”

Trump campaign senior adviser Chris LaCivita fired back at Hogan in a response on X, saying, “You just ended your campaign.”

In an interview earlier this year, Hogan told Fox News Digital that having Trump as the GOP nominee would not be “helpful” in Democrat-led Maryland.

“It’s a tough hurdle to overcome because he lost my state by 33 points… It’s not going to be helpful to me, but I think we’re going to be able to overcome that challenge,” he said at the time.

Hogan may not think much of Trump’s support but Democrats seized on the seeming endorsement to blast the Senate hopeful.

“The stakes of this race could not get any higher,” Democrat Angela Alsobrooks, the executive of Prince George’s County, stated.

“Just last week, Senate Republicans shot down access to contraception. Hours ago, Senate Republicans voted against protecting IVF. And just now, Donald Trump endorsed Larry Hogan so he can have a Republican majority,” said Alsobrooks, who is Hogan’s Democratic opponent.

The chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, Ken Ulman, raised the alarm in a message to voters that Trump had “officially endorsed” Hogan and that spells danger for Democrats.

“Now we know. This race is crystal clear what is at stake,” he said. “Donald Trump and Larry Hogan are running together.”

That might be news to Hogan.

Frieda Powers

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