Even as he dances around KKK questions, Donald Trump is going mainstream. Two U.S. House members — Rep. Scott DesJarlais of Tennesee and Rep. Tom Marino of Pennsylvania — endorsed Trump yesterday.
DesJarlais said in a statement:
“While there are certainly things that I admire and respect in each of the remaining candidates, I believe Donald Trump is the candidate best poised to make America great again. As such, I was proud to cast my vote for Mr. Trump and look forward to supporting the eventual Republican nominee whomever that might be.”
Marino told Politico that Trump was “the man for the unprotected … not the protected, not for the Wall Street people, not for the DC insiders, but for the hard-working taxpayers.”
Trump has previously been endorsed by two other members of the U.S. House, Sen. Jeff Sessions, governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Paul LePage of Maine, and former governors Jan Brewer of Arizona and Sarah Palin of Alaska.
It’s a strange mix of authoritarian Rockefeller Republicans, anti-immigration hardliners, and kooks. But what you’re also seeing here is that Republican leaders are recognizing the obvious — Trump is the prohibitive favorite to win the nomination — and they’re lining up to back the winner.