President Donald Trump issued an endorsement of venture capitalist Blake Masters for Arizona’s 2022 GOP Senate primary.
Trump lauded the Thiel Foundation president as a “modern-day thinker” who would “expose” the wide-scale fraud during Arizona’s 2020 presidential election.
“Arizona is a State where the 2020 Election was Rigged and Stolen, and a very thorough audit proved it,” Trump wrote via his Save America PAC on Thursday. “Blake knows that the ‘Crime of the Century’ took place, he will expose it and also, never let it happen again.”
Trump, who attended a fundraiser for Masters at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida last fall, affirmed the venture capitalist would be tough on crime, cut taxes and regulations, support the military and veterans, and support the Second Amendment.
“It is my great honor to give Blake Masters my Complete and Total Endorsement!” Trump added.
Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, who President Trump also supports, tweeted her congratulations to Masters for receiving “the greatest endorsement in the history of politics.”
“Welcome to the Trump-Endorsed club, @bgmasters. Let’s give them a November to Remember,” Lake tweeted on Thursday.
Trump’s support of Masters comes nearly two months after his pledge not to endorse the candidacy of state Attorney General Mark Brnovich for U.S. Senate, whom he accused of “doing nothing” rather than going after those who committed “election crimes.”
“He wants to be politically correct,” Trump wrote of Brnovich in April. “Now, people are upset with the fact that while he states the problem, he seems to be doing nothing about it—he doesn’t give the answers.”
Before Trump’s pledge to not endorse Brnovich, the state attorney general led many of his primary challengers by double-digits. A poll by OH Predictive Insights reported that Brnovich led Masters 21 percent to nine percent in April.
However, Masters jumped ahead of Brnovich (22 percent to 18 percent) in May, according to a poll by Fabrizio Lee, one month after Trump announced his opposition to the state attorney general.
Masters and Brnovich are two of five Republicans battling for the party’s nomination. Other candidates include businessman Jim Lamon, retired Air Force General Mick McGuire, and former state Rep. Justin Olson.
The winner of the primary will face off against incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Kelly in November. Kelly won Arizona’s 2020 special election to fill the seat of the late Republican Sen. John McCain.
Arizona’s primaries are set to take place on Aug. 2.