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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formally endorsed former President Donald Trump Sunday at an event near the Texas-Mexico border.
Abbott showered Trump with praise while contending that a second term for the 77-year-old would address the nation’s growing list of woes — including the border crisis.
“We need a president who is going to secure the border. We need a president who is going to restore law and order in the United States of America, not letting these criminals run ransack over the stores that you see images of almost nightly,” Abbott declared.
“We need a president who is going to restore world peace, as opposed to this outbreak of warfare under Joe Biden. We need Donald J. Trump back as our President of the United States of America.”
Abbott’s endorsement was teased in advance of the event. He is the latest Republican governor to back the GOP frontrunner and runs the largest red state in the nation.
Texas’ primary is slated for March 5, one day after Trump heads to trial on his four-count indictment for alleged 2020 election meddling. Trump’s lawyers are seeking to move that date.
Thus far at least seven out of 26 sitting GOP governors have backed Trump. Earlier this month, during the third Republican debate, Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders endorsed Trump.
Abbott is a three-term governor who had generated some 2024 buzz himself but ultimately declined to run. His predecessors Rick Perry and George W. Bush all ran for the presidency.
Both Trump and Abbott greeted Border Patrol agents during the event in Edinburg, Texas Sunday.
Trump said he would “make the governor’s job very easy” in a brief 10-minute speech alluding to immigration ails afflicting the Lone Star State.
“Our country is going to hell,” Trump said. “We have some people that either they don’t care, they’re not very smart or they hate our country, and nobody really knows the answer.”
Under Abbott, Texas has conducted Operation Lone Star, an operation that has moved migrants into blue strongholds such as New York City, Chicago, and Washington, DC.
Trump has a 44.5 percentage point lead over his closes GOP foe, according to the latest RealClearPolitics aggregate.