Former President Donald Trump and Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Former President Donald Trump and Attorney General Ken Paxton.

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Former President Donald Trump has backed Attorney General Ken Paxton for reelection, passing implicit superior challenger George P. Bush successful bestowing the highly sought-after endorsement.

"It is going to instrumentality a PATRIOT similar Ken Paxton to beforehand America First policies successful bid to Make America Great Again," Trump said successful a connection Monday evening. "Ken has my Complete and Total Endorsement for different word arsenic Attorney General of Texas. He is simply a existent Texan who volition support Texas safe—and volition ne'er fto you down!"

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Trump has teased an endorsement successful the superior ever since the days earlier Bush, the onshore commissioner, announced helium was challenging Paxton. Eva Guzman, the erstwhile authorities Supreme Court justice, has since launched a superior bid against Paxton arsenic well.

But the hunt for Trump's endorsement had centered intensely connected Paxton and Bush, who was the lone salient subordinate of his celebrated governmental household to enactment Trump successful the 2016 election. Paxton had expressed assurance that Trump's endorsement would yet travel done for him, portion Bush talked aggregate times with Trump astir the contention and met with him earlier this period astatine his Bedminster nine successful New Jersey.

The endorsement is not wholly astonishing fixed that Paxton has been 1 of the astir pro-Trump attorneys general. He filed the suit precocious past twelvemonth that challenged Trump's reelection nonaccomplishment successful 4 battleground states — the U.S. Supreme Court declined to perceive it — and helium spoke astatine the pro-Trump rally that preceded the deadly U.S. Capitol riot successful January.

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Still, Trump had raised the imaginable helium could backmost Bush successful a precocious May connection that said helium "like[s] them some precise much" and would marque an endorsement "in the not-so-distant future."

Bush made small concealed that helium severely wanted Trump's endorsement. His run played up 2019 comments successful which Trump said the onshore commissioner was "the lone Bush that got it right."

Minutes aft Trump released his Paxton endorsement, Bush appeared to respond connected Twitter by reiterating the incumbent's ineligible troubles. Paxton has been nether securities fraud indictment for astir of the clip since helium took bureau successful 2015, and much recently, the FBI opened an probe into whether helium abused his office to assistance a affluent donor. He has denied wrongdoing successful some instances.

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"I'm moving for Attorney General due to the fact that Texans merit integrity and honesty from the bureau of Texas' apical instrumentality enforcement official," Bush said. "Texans merit a campaigner without a laundry database of existing and imaginable transgression indictments."

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