Former President Donald Trump on Monday unveiled his support for Missouri’s Republican primary for the US Senate seat — “ERIC,” a “MAGA champion and true warrior.”
The only problem: Two leading GOP candidates are named Eric.
Eric Grettens, former Missouri Governor Joe resigned Republicans are running for the seat to be vacated by Sen. Roy Blunt, amid allegations of sexual harassment and campaign financial issues. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmidt is also vying for the position.
“There’s a big election in the great state of Missouri,” Trump wrote in an email to supporters. “We need a man who will not back down in the face of the radical leftists who have destroyed our country.”
“I trust the great people of Missouri, on this one, to make up their own mind as they led me to spectacular victories in the 2016 and 2020 elections, and so I am proud to announce that ERIC gave my full and total support!”
The support was so vague that both Erics claimed support for Trump moments after the email went out.
Greetens said he was “honoured to receive”, referring to himself as the acronym for “Republican in name only”, calling himself a “true MAGA champion fighting against the RINO establishment in support of Schmidt”. declared.
For his part, Schmidt said he was “grateful” for the support, adding that he was “the only America first candidate who has really fought against electoral integrity, border security, and the Left of our children.”
This isn’t the first time Trump has struggled to remember who he supported. At a political rally in May, the former president couldn’t remember the name of J.D. Vance, an Ohio Republican whom he endorsed for the Senate.
“We’ve supported… JP? Right?” Trump asked. He finally settled: “J.D. Mandel … and he’s doing great.”