'True supporter of MAGA': Trump endorses McGeachin for Idaho governor

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Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin received an endorsement from former President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening as she gears up for an election challenge against the governor with whom she has been feuding in recent months.

“Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin has been a true supporter of MAGA since the very beginning,” Trump wrote in a statement. “She is brave and not afraid to stand up for the issues that matter most to the people of Idaho, a beautiful State that I won by 30.8%.”

McGeachin was “great on Election Integrity, will always fight for strong Borders, our cherished Second Amendment, American Manufacturing, School Choice, and our wonderful and hardworking FARMERS,” he added.

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In a tweet shortly after, McGeachin expressed what an “honor” it was for her to “receive the endorsement of the greatest President of our lifetime.”

“President Trump is a true fighter for America and I am a true fighter for Idaho,” McGeachin wrote. “Much more to come from the two of us to bring America First back to Idaho.”

McGeachin, who has opposed Republican Gov. Brad Little ‘s approach on handling the coronavirus pandemic, announced on May 16 that she would be running for governor of Idaho in 2022.

In May, while Little was out of the state, McGeachin signed an executive order as acting governor, banning the state from imposing face masks, including in schools. Little repealed the order as soon as he returned. The governor also reversed an order banning schools and other state entities from requiring COVID-19 vaccines or tests, which McGeachin signed while he was in Texas in October, according to Boise State Public Radio News .

As part of her campaign , McGeachin has focused on individual rights, state sovereignty, and traditional conservative values, according to her website.

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McGeachin issued a press release on Nov. 5 claiming that Little had left the state without “properly notifying the Lt. Governor.”

“Did the governor fail to notify my office because he didn't want me to use my position as acting governor to once again give the power and decision making back to the people of Idaho?” McGeachin questioned in her statement. “Regardless of his reasons, he has left the state of Idaho without a Governor for multiple days in direct violation of the law.”

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