Boise’s NBC News affiliate reports:
Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Idaho Lt. Gov. and current Idaho gubernatorial candidate Janice McGeachin for governor, according to Trump’s Twitter spokesperson Liz Harrington.
In a tweet, Harrington shared a screenshot of an email from the former president where he states he is “giving Janice McGeachin my Complete and Total Endorsement to be the next governor of Idaho”.
“She is brave and not afraid to stand up for the issues that matter most to the people of Idaho, a beautiful State that I won by 30.8%,” Trump wrote. “She will make a fantastic Governor, and will never let you down!”
McGeachin and GOP Gov. Brad Little have been locked in a bizarre power struggle, as she challenges him. On several occasions when Little has left the state, McGeachin has used her authority as acting governor to issue executive orders often in relation to various pandemic-related mandates, which she has tried to ban. Little has then rescinded those orders.
Trump’s endorsement of McGeachin could present an existential challenge for Republicans. Unlike other Republican governors the now-former president has raged against — including Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine — Little has done little to draw Trump’s ire, at least publicly.
Recently, Little tweeted that it was “an honor to be recognized” by Trump at an event. Trump’s endorsement suggests that deference may not be enough to stop the former president from cannon-balling into any election.
McGeachin, who is tied to far-right militia groups, first appeared on JMG when she tried to get the state to buy millions of dollars worth of “anti-COVID cubes” – a debunked technology owned by a Nevada hotelier who later hosted a Trump rally at one of his properties. McGeachin has declared that COVID vaccines will probably end up killing those who get it.
Trump endorsed Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s bid to primary Gov. Brad Little, as he tries to further remake the party in his image. It suggests that deference may not be enough to stop the former president from cannon-balling into any election https://t.co/6ajSmroaxB
— Zach Montellaro (@ZachMontellaro) November 10, 2021