John Barrasso delivers Trump's highest-ranking GOP Senate endorsement

 January 11, 2024

As the 2024 GOP primary election inches closer, former President Donald Trump keeps winning the race.

According to the Washington Examiner, the former president nabbed a high-profile Republican endorsement this week from Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY).

Barrasso's endorsement is the highest-ranking Senate endorsement Trump has secured so far, and it also marked the 20th Republican Senate endorsement overall.

The Wyoming Republicans endorsement announcement came via a recent Fox News interview with host Sean Hannity, according to the Examiner.

"When President Trump was in office, we had the best economy in my lifetime and most of our lifetimes, we had energy independence, our enemies feared us, and we had a secure border,” Barrasso told Hannity.

He added, "Under Joe Biden, we have high prices, we have a wide open border."

The Wyoming senator released a later statement regarding his endorsement, stressing that Trump will work with Senate conservatives to make America prosperous again.

"President Trump and a new conservative-led Senate partnership will restore American greatness. That means putting freedom ahead of government power and economic strength over government subsidies. It means putting affordable, available, reliable American energy and American engery workers back on top," Barrasso said.

The Examiner listed all of Trump's Senate endorsements so far:

In addition to Barrasso and Daines, the GOP senators who have endorsed Trump are Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Braun (R-IN), Katie Britt (R-AL), Ted Budd (R-NC), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Josh Hawley (R-MO), John Hoeven (R-ND), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Eric Schmitt (R-MO), Rick Scott (R-FL), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), J.D. Vance (R-OH), and Roger Wicker (R-MS).

Roughly half of Senate Republicans have indicated that they will not endorse Trump. Some had endorsed other candidates, like Tim Scott, who dropped out last year.

Social media users offered mixed reactions to Barrasso's endorsement.

"We shouldn't celebrate establishment politicians who are just now endorsing Trump just bc they see the writing on the wall. We know who stayed loyal," one X user wrote.

Another X user wrote, "I don’t know if we can afford the last year of Biden.