House Majority Leader Steve Scalise Endorses Trump For President

House Majority Leader Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) endorsed former President Donald Trump for reelection Tuesday in a post on X, formerly Twitter, handing a key endorsement to the Republican primary frontrunner just days before the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 15.

“I am proud to endorse Donald Trump for president in 2024, and I look forward to working with President Trump and a Republican House and Senate to fight for those families who are struggling under the weight of Biden’s failed policies,” Rep. Scalise wrote.

Scalise ranks second-highest among Republicans in the House of Representatives, behind House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA). After the House GOP ousted Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from the speakership, Scalise sought the position himself but was unable to get the support of enough Republican delegates, ultimately giving way to a Johnson speakership.

Rep. Johnson endorsed Mr. Trump for president in November, telling NBC, “I’m all in for President Trump, I expect he’ll be our nominee, and he’s going to win it, and we have to make [Joe Biden] a one-term president. We have to do that.” McCarthy endorsed Trump the following month, telling CBS News, “I will support the president. I will support President Trump.”

The endorsement from Scalise preceded a round of endorsements from a number of GOP members of Congress that rolled in from around the country the following day. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), and three other GOP representatives from the Minnesota delegation to Congress endorsed Trump on Wednesday.

“Democrats have made clear they will use every tool in their arsenal to try and keep Joe Biden and his failed policies in power. We cannot let them,” said Emmer in a statement. “It’s time for Republicans to unite behind our party’s clear frontrunner, which is why I am proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for President.”

“When Donald Trump was president, America was safe, strong, and prosperous. The economy was booming, working-class wages were growing, our border was secure, and our enemies feared us,” Sen. Cotton wrote in a post on X Wednesday morning.

“With Joe Biden as president, everything has gone to hell: families can’t afford groceries, our border is wide open to a full-blown invasion, and our enemies are starting wars everywhere,” Cotton added.