Texas Governor Greg Abbott has officially thrown his support behind former President Donald Trump in his bid to become the Republican nominee for President. Abbott made the announcement during a meeting with the mayors of New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., where he criticized President Biden’s handling of national security and emphasized the need for a strong border. “We need Donald J. Trump back as our president of the United States of America,” Abbott declared, solidifying his endorsement. In response, Trump assured Abbott that he would make his job easier and expressed his love for Texas.
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The endorsement occurred as President Trump and Governor Abbott served tamales to Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and National Guard Soldiers and Airmen as part of their pre-Thanksgiving meal. These troopers and guardsmen are on duty for Abbott’s Operation Lone Star, which focuses on border security. Abbott is now the fifth governor to endorse Trump in the 2024 Republican primary, joining other Texas elected officials such as Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham, and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.
Notably, Trump received 52 percent of the vote in Texas during the 2020 presidential race against Joe Biden, garnering nearly 5.6 million votes. This endorsement from Abbott further highlights the significance of border issues in the Texas election. Under the Biden administration’s border and immigration policies, there has been a significant increase in the number of migrants encountered by Border Patrol agents. In just the past two months alone, agents have encountered over 407,000 migrants, compared to just over 400,000 during President Trump’s last full year in office.
During the endorsement event, President Trump was praised by Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, for his dedication to border security. Judd mentioned how Trump personally greeted and took photos with every trooper and guardsman who attended the event. The support from Abbott and other Texas officials further reinforces the importance of a strong border and highlights Trump’s commitment to the issue.
Overall, Abbott’s endorsement of Trump showcases the governor’s belief that Trump is the best choice for the Republican Party and the country as a whole. It also underscores the ongoing concern over border security and immigration policies under the current administration. With Abbott joining a growing list of elected officials in Texas who support Trump, it further solidifies the former president’s position as a prominent figure in the Republican Party.