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Internet in splits after Trump endorses 'ERIC' in Missouri race, but no one knows WHICH ONE he stumped for

Trump’s announcement has flummoxed GOP as both former Gov Eric Greitens and State Attorney General Eric Schmitt are top contenders for the race
Both Missouri GOP candidates Gov Eric Greitens (L) and AG Eric Schmitt claimed endorsement in Missouri's GOP Senate by Trump, after the former president did not specify which Eric he is backing (Photos @EricGreitens/Twitter, Brandon Bell)
Both Missouri GOP candidates Gov Eric Greitens (L) and AG Eric Schmitt claimed endorsement in Missouri's GOP Senate by Trump, after the former president did not specify which Eric he is backing (Photos @EricGreitens/Twitter, Brandon Bell)

Former President Donald Trump's endorsement in Missouri's GOP Senate primary caused confusion on Monday, August 1 after two candidates with the same first name claimed his support, implying he would back "Eric." Trump lauded the idea of sending "a MAGA Champion and True Warrior to the US Senate" in a statement sent through his Save America PAC, a reference to his 'Make America Great Again' slogan.

“We need a person who will not back down to the Radical Left Lunatics who are destroying our Country. I trust the Great People of Missouri, on this one, to make up their own minds, much as they did when they gave me landslide victories in the 2016 and 2020 Elections, and I am therefore proud to announce that ERIC has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”, Trump said. However, Trump did not clearly specify which 'Eric' he was backing in the race which ultimately created a lot of confusion. Both former Missouri Gov Eric Greitens and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt are top contenders in the race.


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Greitens, a longtime Trump supporter, quickly claimed the endorsement, in a series of tweets. "Honored to have the support of President Trump! We will MAGA!", Greitens wrote in the tweet. "I’m honored to receive President Trump’s endorsement. From the beginning, I’ve been the true MAGA Champion fighting against the RINO establishment backing Schmitt. President Trump said it best when he characterized Schmitt’s campaign as ‘great dishonesty in politics’" he wrote in the subsequent tweet. "I just had a GREAT phone call with President Trump, I thanked him for his support! Together we will MAGA & Save America!", he wrote in another tweet.




Meanwhile, attorney general Schmitt also claimed the endorsement by Trump in a series of tweets. He wrote, "ENDORSEMENT—PRESIDENT TRUMP I’m grateful for President Trump’s endorsement". He further added, "As the only America First candidate who has actually fought for election integrity, border security & against the Left’s indoctrination of our kids—I’ll take that fight to the Senate to SAVE AMERICA!".



Missouri Rep Vicky Hartzler also responded to Trump's endorsement announcement. Hartzler sarcastically congratulated Eric McElroy, a much lesser-known Republican Senate candidate in Missouri who is also an author and former congressional candidate. “Congrats to Eric McElroy. He’s having a big night,” said Hartzler, according to a statement shared by her campaign manager on Twitter. Hartzler has been endorsed by Missouri’s other sitting senator, Republican Josh Hawley.


The confusion created by Trump regarding the endorsement has not been clarified yet. Both the candidates have claimed endorsement, which has clearly caused considerable chaos. Internet is in splits after the announcement. Advocate Fred Wellman tweeted, "Wait…I thought he endorsed the other ERIC? This is so confusing…and pathetic", responding to Schmitt's claim.


"Trump endorsing "Eric" when there are two Erics in the race, and them both claiming the endorsement, is 1000% a Veep plot line", Insider correspondent Sam Mintz wrote. Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor wrote, "Well … Turns out there is a THIRD Eric in this Missouri GOP Senate primary race", referring to McElroy who is a lesser-known candidate.



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