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Trump/Bailey endorsement roundup

Monday, Jun 27, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Um

“Darren is a farmer and he’s a fighter and he has been an outstanding warrior in the Illinois state Senate where he’s totally totally respected by all of them,” Trump said.

Not sure where the former president obtained that insider information about the Senate.

* Brenden Moore

On Saturday, he went further: “Darren is just the man to take on and defeat one of the worst governors in America, J.B. Pritzker.”

“He will crack down on the violent crime that is devouring our Democrat-run cities and restore the state of Illinois to greatness,” Trump said. “Darren has my complete and total endorsement.” […]

Calling Pritzker “pathetic,” Trump criticized the governor’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and compared gun violence in Chicago to the military situation in Afghanistan during his presidency.

“Everybody’s fleeing your state. This is a disaster,” Trump said.

* NBC 5

“He wants to cut your taxes,” the former president said. “He wants to lower your regulations down to the lowest in the country and make Illinois competitive again, because it is not competitive at all.”

* Alex Degman and Dave McKinney

Trump then launched into a seemingly unscripted anecdote involving Bailey when the two were posing for pictures with one another backstage.

“I wanted to say hello because I’m hearing Darren’s really doing a job,” Trump began. “And we’re standing up, and I’m shaking his hand. He said, ‘Sir, you have a hair coming down right in the middle.’ It was coming down. He said, ‘Let me get it, sir.’ And he grabbed it and pulled it out. I said, ‘Oh, that’s terrible. That’s terrible.’ I’m still looking for that hair. He just ripped it out.

“Which tells you a lot about Darren. There’s no games, right? Somebody else would’ve patted it gently back. He ripped it out,” Trump laughed. “That’s going to be one I remember. We’re still searching for that hair.” […]

“I’m glad President Trump told the story about his loose hair because here’s the deal. I will not lie to anyone, and I will not let anything go unnoticed,” Bailey said. “And when I see it, I will name it. And when I name it, we will fix it. And we have our work cut out for us in Illinois, friends.

Video of the hair bit is here.

* Rick Pearson and Jeremy Gorner

“We have our work cut out for us here in Illinois, friends,” Bailey said. “I’ve made a promise to President Trump that in 2024, Illinois will roll the red carpet out for him because Illinois will be ready for President Trump.”

Trump lost Illinois by 17% of the vote in his winning bid for the presidency in 2016 and his losing reelection run in 2020.

Trump, who has often delayed endorsements unless he was sure of a candidate’s victory, predicted Bailey would “win the primary very big and you’re going to go on and win the election.”

* Tina Sfondeles

It could make a difference in the general election, as Gov. J.B. Pritzker will use the endorsement against Bailey, should he prevail. Hours before Trump’s rally, and in anticipation of some roasting, Pritzker’s campaign blasted out a video of the governor calling Trump “a narcissist who values power over principle and seeks out darkness over light.”

The campaign said Trump’s visit was an attempt to prop up far-right extremists running for office — even though Pritzker himself paid for ads to help boost Bailey’s campaign with ads calling him “too conservative.”

“We stand with the people who barred the doors of the Capitol on Jan. 6th – not the ones who were trying to knock them down,” Pritzker said in the video. “And any candidate who refuses to speak out against Trump’s Big Lie has no business running for office. Not in Illinois.”

* Friends, it’s a conspiracy

Gary Rabine, another GOP hopeful, was also there working the crowd. His bus was kicked off the fairgrounds and supporters were told to cover their t-shirts if they want to get in the rally.

Rabine said Trump was close to endorsing him but it was blocked at the last minute.

…Adding… DGA…

“With this new endorsement from Trump himself, there’s no question: Darren Bailey is the most MAGA, far-right conservative candidate in this race,” said DGA Illinois Press Secretary Yael Sheinfeld. “A would-be Governor Bailey poses a serious threat for Illinoisans everywhere. Voters know Darren Bailey is far too conservative for our state.”


  1. - Watching - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 11:02 am:

    If the goal is to be a super minority regional party then the GOP voters in Illinois look like they will have a banner day tomorrow.

  2. - John Joe - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 11:03 am:

    Welp, volunteered for the Irvin campaign in the Northwest Burbs (Streamwood, Hoffman Estates)

    Not looking good. Many of us have left (including me) to help Sully in the last ditch effort to get someone sane in. Very tough.

  3. - G'Kar - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 11:08 am:

    I suppose you will have a separate thread on Mary Miller and her “victory for white life.” comment.

  4. - LOL - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 11:09 am:

    Sully is sane? Guess that tells you all you need to know about the state of the ILGOP.

  5. - Bruce( no not him) - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 11:10 am:

    ===Rabine said Trump was close to endorsing him but it was blocked at the last minute.===
    So, just who blocked it? JB Pritzker?

  6. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 11:11 am:

    Gotta feel for Rabine.

    A cultist from the beginning of the race, Bailey gets the nod.

    It’s not like Davis that “turned” on the cult leader…

  7. - Ron Burgundy - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 11:21 am:

    -Rabine said Trump was close to endorsing him but it was blocked at the last minute.-

    Must have seen his dreadful poll numbers “at the last minute.”

  8. - allknowingmasterofraccoondom - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 11:26 am:

    I am numb. I just don’t know how to react to all of this. A hair. He said he ripped a hair from him. This in interplanetary stuff here, kids.

  9. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 11:28 am:

    Pulling hair out is a Three Stooges bit.

    Just for some context.

  10. - Vote Quimby - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 11:39 am:

    ==Not sure where the former president obtained that insider information about the Senate==

    Facts are not important to some people.

  11. - skutt - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 11:40 am:

    I have to laugh at the person who is touting as sane a religious zealot and crypto bro who likes to pretend he served in the military.

  12. - Pundent - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 11:41 am:

    I had expected a Trump endorsement for Bailey for some time now. As his allies disappear, he needs to replace them with new ones. There’s really no downside in endorsing his most vocal supporters as his political influence wanes and his criminal liability rises. Sadly, it all but guarantees statewide irrelevance for the ILGOP come November and a bigger hole to dig out of after that.

  13. - Amalia - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 11:41 am:

    ah Gary Rabine/Kevin McDonald-Kids in the Hall. You will be missed. Because it reminded me to rewatch Kids in the Hall episodes.

  14. - vern - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 11:41 am:

    Between the Trump endorsement meltdown and the six figures he dumped into his campaign this weekend, it really seems like Rabine is losing touch with reality. Tomorrow night might be quite the shock for him.

  15. - Lynn S. - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 11:43 am:

    “Trump was close to endorsing him but was blocked”

    Translation: There was a bidding process. Bailey was willing to pay a higher price, and Trump made sure the check cleared before he opened his mouth.

  16. - Arsenal - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 11:44 am:

    ==Sadly, it all but guarantees statewide irrelevance for the ILGOP come November and a bigger hole to dig out of after that. ==

    It’s not that sad.

  17. - Norseman - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 11:45 am:

    We now know that Bailey is a plucky candidate. But he would be a hair-raising governor.

  18. - JoanP - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 11:58 am:

    = Not sure where the former president obtained that insider information about the Senate. =

    Oh, come on, Rich. “A lot of people are saying” it.

    That hair thing is weird.

  19. - MoralMinority - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 12:06 pm:

    ==We’re still searching for that hair.==I’m sure Trump won’t find that hair because Darren quickly pocketed it so he could take it back to Clay County, put it in a reliquary, and parade it around so the MAGA faithful can bow down and worship it.

  20. - Lynn S. - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 12:16 pm:

    “Not sure where the former president obtained that information ”

    From the same little old ladies who kept telling Bruce Rauner to “keep fighting”, of course (banned punctuation).

  21. - hisgirlfriday - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 12:25 pm:

    The ripping out the hair story is very bizarre. It also unfortunately reminds me of a story I read a while back about Trump’s rage-filled actions in the ’80s when he was mad about how a hair plug surgery went.

  22. - Ashkin - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 12:29 pm:

    The best think about yhe Rabine campaign is that now even more people know what a grifter Aaron Del Mar is.

  23. - H-W - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 1:31 pm:

    == [Trump] compared gun violence in Chicago to the military situation in Afghanistan during his presidency. ==

    So is Trump saying the military situation was so horrible, that Trump was responsible for the mess in Afghanistan and should have done something about it? That’s the only way this would confirm his assertion that Pritzker is responsible for Chicago.

  24. - Just a guy - Monday, Jun 27, 22 @ 3:59 pm:

    The only reason I’m even voting in the Republican primary election here in Chicago is just to make sure I cast a vote for someone OTHER than Bailey.

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