Rep. Lauren Boebert declined to back former President Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential bid after winning a narrow victory in a tighter-than-expected election this month.
Boebert, a Colorado Republican who is one of Trump’s closest allies in Congress, is on track to defeat her Democratic challenger Adam Frisch by less than 1 point despite her district’s reliable Republican leadership. In the midterm elections, several Trump-leaning candidates like Boebert underperformed even as the GOP regained a narrow majority in the House of Representatives.
After the overwhelming midterms, some Republicans turned against Trump and declined to support his presidential bid. He announced his 2024 presidential campaign on Tuesday, but not all Republicans are in it.
Boebert was asked if she would support Trump in an interview with KCNC-TV on Friday. While she claimed she was a “big supporter” of the former president, she avoided saying she would support his presidential bid.
“He’s a great friend and certainly an inspiration. I love his politics. America was stronger than ever under his policies. We had peace through strength, and it was certainly a motivation for me to stand up for what I know is right,” Boebert said. “I would certainly not turn my back on President Trump. I’m a big supporter of his.”
She added that she also “loves” Florida Ron DeSantis, who has been frequently cited as a potential Republican rival against Trump.
“I love Governor Ron DeSantis. He’s America’s governor, and he has the same policies,” she said, adding that 2024 is “in the distant future.”
GOP lawmakers’ comments come after narrowly won re-election. According to CNN, Boebert currently has a 554 vote lead over Frisch, making her election one of the closest home races in the United States in a district Trump won by more than 8 percentage points in 2020. A close nature will likely trigger an automatic recount.
While Boebert and many other Republicans have not endorsed the 2024 GOP primary, others, including Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, have signaled support for Trump.
“President Trump has my full endorsement and support as our Republican nominee in 2024,” Greene said in a video shared on Twitter.
Some Republicans, including Virginia Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears and New York State Representative Mike Lawler, have suggested that the GOP should walk away from Trump after the midterms.
“I’d like to see the party moving forward,” Lawler, who unseated Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, told CNN. “I think when you focus on the future, you can’t go so much into the past.”
news week reached out to Boebert’s office for further comments.
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