Previous President TrumpDonald Trump Biden to hold a virtual virtual meeting with the Mexican president More than 300 defendants in relation to the riots in the Capitol Trump Jr.: There are ‘many’ Republican rulers who should be challenged MORE has endorsed a former White House official running to overthrow a House Republican who voted for impeachment, the first Republican primary challenge Trump has endorsed since leaving office.
Max Miller, a former Trump adviser, announced Friday that he is conducting a major challenge against Rep. Anthony GonzalezAnthony González The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by The AIDS Institute – Tanden’s odds plummet to lead WBO Republicans’ rally to keep Cheney in power Here are Republican lawmakers censored by Republicans for impeaching Trump MORE (R-Ohio), a two-term congressman who was among 10 House Republicans who voted for impeachment.
Miller, who hails from Northeast Ohio, served in the 2016 and 2020 Trump campaigns and served in the White House presidential personnel office and as director of advancement. He specifically cited Gonzalez’s vote to impeach Trump over the Jan.6 Capitol riots when he launched his campaign in Ohio’s 16th Congressional District.
“I am running for Congress to defend the people of Northeast Ohio. They voted overwhelmingly for the America First agenda. But their congressman betrayed them when he voted to impeach President Trump. I will not back down. And I will never betray them, ”Miller tweeted.
I’m running for Congress to advocate for Northeast Ohioans.
They voted overwhelmingly for the America First agenda.
But their congressman betrayed them when he voted to impeach President Trump.
I will not back down. And I will never betray them.
Join me. https://t.co/s4r2WEpv43
– Max Miller (@MaxLMiller) February 26, 2021
In a press release announcing his candidacy, Miller also presented himself as a leader “with thorns of steel” who would stand up to “foreign adversaries, domestic speculators or anti-American ideologues.”
Shortly after the launch of Miller’s campaign, Trump offered his endorsement, an endorsement that could pay dividends in a district the former president won by 16 points in 2016 and 15 points in 2020.
“Max Miller is a wonderful person who did a great job at the White House and will be a fantastic Congressman. He is a Navy Veteran, a son of Ohio, and a true PATRIOT. Current Rep. Anthony Gonzalez should not represent the people of District 16 because he does not represent their interests or their hearts. Max Miller has my full and complete endorsement! “Trump said in a statement.
Miller’s campaign and Trump’s endorsement underscore the electoral danger incumbent lawmakers may face from past votes or any perception of disloyalty toward the former president, who according to polls remains popular within the Republican Party.
González is the first sitting Republican Trump has faced since leaving office, though he has threatened to back the primary rivals of other Republicans who voted for impeachment or criticized him while in office.
GOP representatives. Liz cheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney Trump Jr .: There are ‘many’ Republican rulers who should be challenged Tomi Lahren says CPAC attendees clearly want Trump to run in 2024 Trump in CPAC fuels Republican primary wars in 2022 MORE (Wy.) And Adam kinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerTrump Jr .: There are ‘many’ Republican rulers who should be challenged Trump backs former aide against pro-impeachment Republican Taylor Swift celebrates passage of the House Equality Act MORE (Ill.) Both have already won a lot of Republican rivals and both are Trump’s main targets.
“Where necessary and appropriate, I will support the primary rivals who defend Making America Great Again and our America First policy. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful and compassionate leadership, ”Trump said in a statement earlier this month.
González was one of 10 House Republicans who opposed Trump by voting in favor of his impeachment last month. The former president was charged with one count of “incitement to insurrection” for his comments prior to the January 6 riot that sought to stop congressional certification of the Electoral College results.
The Ohio Republican was first elected to Congress in 2018, winning the open seat that year by more than 13 points. He was reelected last year by more than 26 points.
Despite his electoral success, González suggested that his impeachment vote could end his career in Congress.
“You have to love your country and you have to adhere to your oath more strongly than to your job, and I don’t know what the political fate will be,” Gonzalez said earlier this month. “If my destiny is ultimately that I cannot return, I will do so in peace.”