Hours before his arrival in Montgomery Friday, former President Donald Trump’s campaign announced he’d been endorsed for 2024 by many of Alabama’s highest-profile Republicans, including all of the party’s U.S. House members.
Outside the House, notable names include U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville, who will introduce Trump at the GOP dinner he’s headlining, Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, Alabama Agriculture and Industries Commissioner Rick Pate, Public Service Commission President Twinkle Cavanaugh and commissioners Chip Beeker and Jeremy Oden.
Noticeably absent from the endorsement list was Gov. Kay Ivey, U.S. Sen. Katie Britt and Attorney General Steve Marshall.
Trump’s recent federal indictment isn’t expected to dampen spirits tonight — it will likely be a rallying point — in the state that launched his campaign eight years ago.
In a quote attributed to the entire House delegation, the congressmen said they are proud to endorse Trump.
“After eight years of Obama-Biden socialist policies, in his first term, President Trump’s America First agenda put our nation on a more secure and prosperous path, proving that the Trump policies are the right policies for the American people,” the statement said.
“In a second term, President Trump will secure our borders, rebuild our economy, strengthen our national defense, ensure equal justice under law for all Americans – not just political allies – protect our children, including the unborn innocent among us, and restore America’s respect in the world. We look forward to working with President Trump to Make America Great Again.”
Trumped carried Alabama by wide margins in 2016 and 2020.