Trump: I Won’t Back Vicky Hartzler In MO Senate Race

The Missouri Independent reports:

Early Friday evening, Trump wrote on his social media site Truth Social that he did not believe Rep. Vicky Hartzler “has what it takes” to earn his endorsement.

Later, during an appearance on the pro-Trump OAN TV network, Trump was urged by interviewer ​​Chanel Rion to throw his weight behind Greitens because he is only candidate in the primary to openly condemn Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“He’s the one the Democrats legitimately want to run against,” Trump said, before later adding: “Eric is tough and he’s smart. A little controversial, but I’ve endorsed controversial people before. So we’ll see what happens.”

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RELATED: Rep. Vicky Hartzler is one of the most vicious opponents of LGBTQ rights in the US House, which is saying something. She appeared on JMG in 2019 when she hosted ex-gay torture advocates in her office next door to Rep. Ted Lieu, who had just introduced a bill to ban the practice. That same year she publicly pressured Amazon to resume selling books by the now-dead Joseph Nicolosi, the so-called father of ex-gay torture. Before being elected to Congress, Hartzler headed the Missouri Coalition to Protect Marriage, which in 2004 backed the successful campaign to install a statewide constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Hartzler has compared same-sex marriage to incest and pedophilia. In 2020, she was among the 146 GOP House reps who voted to overturn the presidential election.