Trump followed through with that on Monday evening and announced his endorsement of Paxton.
“Attorney General Ken Paxton has been bravely on the front line in the fight for Texas, and America, against the vicious and very dangerous Radical Left Democrats, and the foolish unsuspecting RINOs that are destroying our Country,” said Trump.
“Ken is strong on Crime, Border Security, the Second Amendment, Election Integrity and, above all, our Constitution. He loves our Military and our Vets. It is going to take a PATRIOT like Ken Paxton to advance America First policies in order to Make America Great Again. Ken has my Complete and Total Endorsement for another term as Attorney General of Texas. He is a true Texan who will keep Texas safe—and will never let you down!”
Paxton said that he was “honored to receive the endorsement” of Trump.
Several weeks ago after appearing at an event in South Texas along the border with Trump, the attorney general expressed optimism that the endorsement would “fall towards me at the right time.”
After the contested presidential election last year, Paxton filed a lawsuit on behalf of the state challenging the constitutionality of the elections in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, though the Supreme Court ultimately tossed his suit out.
Bush responded indirectly on Twitter by sidestepping the question of the endorsement and alluding to the storm of controversies surrounding Paxton.
“I’m running for Attorney General because Texans deserve integrity and honesty from the office of Texas’ top law enforcement official,” said Bush. “Texans deserve a candidate without a laundry list of existing and potential criminal indictments.”
Democratic candidate Joe Jaworski, a former mayor of Galveston, was more critical of the endorsement, saying, “As I predicted all along: Paxton ‘earns’ Trump’s endorsement: not because of loyalty to Trump, because Trump doesn’t value loyalty; rather, Paxton has the endorsement because of what he’s prepared to do. Unlike the stock market, past performance is an indicator of future results.”
Two other major candidates are also seeking election to the position: former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman in the Republican primary and civil rights attorney Lee Merritt in the Democratic primary.
Disclosure: Unlike almost every other media outlet, The Texan is not beholden to any special interests, does not apply for any type of state or federal funding, and relies exclusively on its readers for financial support. If you’d like to become one of the people we’re financially accountable to, click here to subscribe.
Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.