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Trump’s endorsement of ‘Eric’ sows confusion – as both candidates claim he’s talking about them


Former President Donald Trump threw the upcoming Missouri GOP Senate race into chaos on Monday. after offering an endorsement that seemed to apply to not one, but two candidates sharing the same first name.

Oddly vague, the support came in the form of a statement posted on Trump’s social media platform, TruthSocial, under the header “Missouri State Endorsement.”

The statement saw the ex-president offer his stamp of support for the upcoming Senate primary – however, Trump didn’t just pick a candidate to endorse.

Instead, he seemed to choose two – both of which, Eric Greitens and Eric Schmitt, have the same first name.

In the post, Trump simply bragged that he was proud to endorse “ERIC” – stylizing the name in all caps.

Worse still, both candidates claimed the endorsement was meant for them, with each saying they had spoken to the former head of state and were glad to have his backing.

The endorsement has since injected an air of confusion into the hotly contested Republican race, which will be decided on Tuesday.

Both Erics are currently leading the polls for the primary – adding further uncertainty to Trump’s not-so-resounding words of support.

The trade took place on Sunday, the third day of the Saudi-backed tournament, which he agreed to host at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster for an undisclosed sum. Trump is currently leading the pack of GOP candidates for the next presidency.

Trump’s endorsement of ‘Eric’ sows confusion – as both candidates claim he’s talking about them

Oddly vague, the support came in the form of a statement posted on Trump’s social media platform, TruthSocial, under the header “Missouri State Endorsement.”

“We need someone who won’t back down from the crazies on the radical left who are destroying our country,” Trump, 76, said in the statement.

“I trust the Great People of Missouri, on this one, to make up their own minds, just like they did when they gave me landslide victories in the 2016 and 2020 elections, and so I’m proud to announce that ERIC has my full and full approval!”

Trump’s announcement prompted a quick response from both candidates – with both appearing to be vying for the former president’s support.

Schmittthe current state attorney general and slight favorite in the race, wrote on Twitter: “It is truly an honor to have President Trump’s endorsement in the race for the Senate.”

At his final pre-election rally at the St. Louis-area GOP headquarters, Schmitt, 47, told supporters he had been “endorsed by President Trump” and thanked him over the phone when he called with the news.

Trump’s endorsement of ‘Eric’ sows confusion – as both candidates claim he’s talking about them

Eric Schmitt, the current state attorney general and a slight frontrunner in the race, claimed the endorsement as his own ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

Trump’s endorsement of ‘Eric’ sows confusion – as both candidates claim he’s talking about them

Eric Greitens, meanwhile – the former state governor who was forced to resign in 2018 due to sexual assault allegations – also said the endorsement was aimed at him, causing last-minute confusion in the tight Senate race, which will be decided on Tuesday.

Not to be outdone, Greitens, 48, then tweeted that he had also spoken to Trump to confirm the endorsement and thanked him for his support.

“Just had a GREAT phone call with President Trump, thanked him for his support!” Greitens, the former state governor who trails Scmitt by single digits in recent polls. “Together, we will MAGA and save America! he then bragged.

It was not immediately clear which candidate Trump was referring to, but wWhen asking for comment, reps for the ex-president didn’t specify which Eric he was referring to, saying “the endorsement speaks for itself.”

The last-minute statement came on the eve of Election Day and followed reports that the Republican Party remains deeply divided over the race.

The latest polling data from SurveyUSA, Emerson College and the Trafalgar Group each put current Missouri prosecutor Schmitt in the lead, with a projection of 28% of the vote.

Trump’s endorsement of ‘Eric’ sows confusion – as both candidates claim he’s talking about them

Trump’s endorsement of ‘Eric’ sows confusion – as both candidates claim he’s talking about them

Both candidates – who are embroiled in a hotly contested race – claimed the endorsement was meant for them, with both claiming to have spoken to the former head of state.

Greitens, meanwhile – who has come under fire after his ex-wife accused him of abusing her and the couple’s children, a scandal further aggravated by the fact that he was forced to resign his governorship in 2018 due to sexual assault allegations involving his then hairstylist – was a close second, with 20% of the vote, according to. SurveyUSA

Greitens scandal, initiated a physically aggressive unwanted sexual encounter with her hairstylist, and threatened to distribute a partially nude photo of her if she spoke about it.

Other candidates, such as state Reps. Vicky Hartzler and Billy Long, are well behind both candidates – suggesting Tuesday is likely to prove a two-horse race.

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