Apr 8, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Trump endorses Sen. Ron Johnson for reelection

johnson trump

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Trump on Thursday endorsed Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R) for 2022 reelection — despite the fact that Johnson has not publicly announced he will actually launch a bid.

Between the lines: Johnson made a vow when first elected to the Senate that he would only serve two terms. His second term will end in 2022. But the senator in recent months hasn't completely sworn off the idea of another term.

  • Johnson in March said leaving office after his second term is "probably [his] preference now," but a recent slew of GOP 2022 retirement announcements could change that plan.
  • Republican senators who've announced their retirements include Roy Blunt (Mo.), Richard Shelby (Ala.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Richard Burr (N.C.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.).

Between the lines: Democrats are chomping at the bit to face Johnson in 2022, Politico notes. The senator has been plagued by controversial comments surrounding the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, which some Democratic organizers think could hurt him with Wisconsin swing voters.

What he's saying: Trump wrote in a statement, "Even though he has not yet announced he is running, and I certainly hope he does, I am giving my Complete and Total Endorsement to Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin ... He has no idea how popular he is. Run, Ron, Run!"

Go deeper