Former President Donald Trump on Monday unveiled his endorsement for Missouri’s Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat – “ERIC,” a “MAGA champion and true warrior.”
The only problem: Two of the leading GOP candidates are named Eric.
Eric Greitens, the former Missouri governor who resigned amid sexual assault and campaign finance charges, is running for the seat to be vacated by Republican Senator Roy Blunt. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is also competing for the position.
“There are BIG elections in the Great State of Missouri,” Trump wrote in an email to supporters. “We need someone who won’t fall back to the radical left lunatics who are destroying our country.”
“I trust that the Great People of Missouri will make their own decisions on this one, just as they did when they gave me landslides in the 2016 and 2020 elections, and I am therefore proud to announce that ERIC has given my full and Total approval!”
The endorsement was so unclear that both Erics claimed Trump’s support shortly after the email was sent.
Greitens said he was “honored to receive it”, calling himself “the true MAGA champion fighting the RINO institution that Schmitt backs”, referring to the acronym for “Republican in name only”.
For his part, Schmitt said he was “grateful” for the endorsement, saying he was the “only America First candidate who has actually fought for election integrity, border security and against the indoctrination of our children by the left.”
It’s not the first time Trump has struggled to remember who he’s supported. At a political rally in May, the former president could not recall the name of JD Vance, an Ohio Republican he supported for the Senate.
“We’ve agreed to… JP? Right?” Trump asked. He finally chose, “JD Mandel…and he’s doing a great job.”