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Trump Endorses Parnell for Senate

Former President Donald Trump has endorsed a candidate in Pennsylvania’s 2022 U.S. Senate race. 

On Wednesday afternoon, Trump announced that he has endorsed Sean Parnell, a combat veteran, author, and former congressional candidate, for the GOP nomination for the 2022 race. 

“Sean Parnell is running for the United States Senate to serve the Great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Sean bravely fought for our Country as a Captain in the U.S. Army and was awarded two Bronze Stars (one for valor!) and the Purple Heart,” Trump wrote in his endorsement. “Unlike our current administration, he never left anyone behind.” 

“Sean is a great candidate, who got robbed in his congressional run in the Crime of the Century—the 2020 Presidential Election Scam,” Trump continued. “He will make Pennsylvania very proud and will fight for Election Integrity, Strong Borders, our Second Amendment, Energy Jobs, and so much more. Sean Parnell will always put America First. He has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”

Parnell welcomed the news on Twitter by quote-tweeting Donald Trump Jr. sharing the news, saying he is “so proud” to be endorsed by the former president. 

“So proud to be endorsed for US Senate in Pennsylvania by President Trump! In the Senate I’ll always fight for our America First agenda and will never back down to the radical left. Now let’s go Win Pennsylvania and Save America!,” Parnell wrote on Twitter.

Parnell is one of several candidates seeking the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. 

In addition to Parnell, Kathy Barnette, a veteran, conservative commentator, and former congressional candidate; Jeff Bartos, a Montgomery County real estate developer who was the GOP Lt. Governor nominee in 2018; Carla Sands, the former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark during President Donald Trump’s administration, are viewed as the other leading candidates for the party’s nomination in the 2022 race. 

Sands responded to Trump endorsing Parnell by reiterating her campaign’s commitment to the “America First Agenda.”

“Obviously we would have appreciated the President’s support, but I understand that his son has a long-standing personal relationship with Sean Parnell,” Sands said to PoliticsPA. “I believe the President will be disappointed in this endorsement, similar to how he was recently disappointed with his candidate in TX-6.”

“There is no one in this race that can match my demonstrated commitment to the America First agenda. The incredible people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania want proven leadership in the Senate that they can trust to fight for the America First agenda,” Sands continued. “They know that I am that proven business leader and foreign policy expert, at a time when we desperately need both. Yesterday, today, and every day in the future, I am unwavering in my commitment to serving Pennsylvania in the United States Senate. We look forward to having the President on our team in the General Election.”

Craig Snyder, a political consultant and former chief of staff to Sen. Arlen Specter who is also seeking the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, said that Parnell earning the endorsement from Trump is him “winning the Taj Mahal of political endorsements — bankrupt and blowing up on itself.”

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party said that Trump’s endorsement for Parnell will lead to further in-fighting in the GOP primary.

“Donald Trump’s endorsement has ensured Pennsylvania’s already messy GOP Senate primary will spiral further out of control,” said Jack Doyle, Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesperson. “Instead of focusing on the issues that matter most to voters in our commonwealth, this field of failed political candidates’ top priority is taking swipes at each other and trying to appease the most extreme, out-of-touch voices in their political party.”

This will be Parnell’s second run for elected office in Pennsylvania. 

In 2020, he launched an unsuccessful campaign for Congress, losing to Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) by just over 2 points in the 17th Congressional District. He never formally conceded the race to Lamb. 

According to Daily Kos, Joe Biden bested Donald Trump by just under 3 points in the battleground western PA district.  

Parnell promoted the Trump agenda during his 2020 run for Congress. Trump endorsed Parnell’s bid for the 17th Congressional District in Dec. 2019, prior to the GOP primary election. 

Parnell has emerged as a leading critic of the Biden administration’s handling of recent events in Afghanistan following the terrorist attack in Kabul that resulted in 13 U.S. service members being killed. The GOP Senate hopeful has been making the rounds on conservative media outlets and has called for Biden to resign. Barnette and Bartos have also called for Biden to either resign or be removed from office since the terrorist attack in Kabul.

A recent Franklin and Marshall College poll shows that the race for the GOP nomination to succeed outgoing Sen. Pat Toomey is wide open. 

10% of registered Republicans said that they would vote for Parnell as either their first or second choice in the 2022 primary. Barnette is the next Republican with 8% of the vote, followed by Bartos at 7%.

Sean Gale and Sands are locked at 3% each.

63% of registered Republicans polled said that they do not know who they will be supporting for U.S. Senate in the primary, while 6% said someone else. 

PoliticsPA is seeking comments from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and other Republican candidates in the race.

This story was updated with a comment from Carla Sands, Craig Snyder, and the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.

18 Responses

  1. Oh Boy! So many great Reoublican candidates running. I was so undecided but Donald Trump cleared the air by nominating this fine American Patriot Sean Parnell. I was so undecided I was praying to the spirit of Rush Limbaugh for guidance. I think Sean should hire Rudy Giuliani as his campaign manager. Now there is a man of integrity and character. Rudy’s only flaw is he needs to layoff the shoe polish when he is speaking or take a few salt pills to stop the perspiring.

  2. This is the guy who refused to concede to Conor Lamb and joined George “Mike” Kelly in a lawsuit to have 2.5 million mail-in votes thrown out in the 2020 election. A vast majority of those people sure as hell aren’t going to vote for him should he prevail in the primary.

  3. So, Sean says:
    “In the Senate I’ll always fight for our America First agenda”… which is White Nationalism and the long-time slogan of the Klan.

    1. Biden has said we need to focus on America first also. Guess that means he is in the KKK also? Historically the KKK was the Democrats in the South like US Sen. Robert Byrd, so it is possible. Biden and Byrs were close friends when they were in the Senate together after all.

      1. Get educated, clown. Byrd reformed and voted FOR the Civil Rights Act and much other progressive legislation. Byrd was friends with almost everybody. Biden was friends with most, because he was an honorable person who was respected. Biden’s America first is much different from Trump’s America First.

      2. Strom Thurmond the racist Dixiecrat presidential candidate switched to the Republican party as the Dems pushed the racists out of the party during the Civil Rights movement.

        The Klan loves Trump.

  4. Sean Parnell makes a living and a political career from his Army service and recognized valor. But in this day and age, there are those who will ask how do we know his record is true? He will say it is documented, others will counter, but how do we know and who did the documentation? In this world, everything is questioned and nothing is as it seems because of the acrimony and jealousy that has been injected into the process. My guess is by the time this primary is over, one will hear about how the Gale brothers fought arm in arm against those who would promote mask mandates.

  5. The endorsement by trump is like putting a big brown T on your shirt. Of course the brown isn’t ink or paint… It is Feces.

    Wake up people, this country can’t be repaired until people like Trump, Parnell and Mastriano are rejected. They aren’t fit to serve in elective office.

  6. Centrist voters will find endorsement a turn off. Lamb will not beat Fetterman. Because Trump does not appeal to centrists edge Fetterman.

  7. Goodbye to the Killer Bs – Barnett and Bartos and the Ambassador should stick her head in the Sand. Game over. Can’t wait for the Parnell-Lamb rematch!! West PA Rules!

  8. Get ready for the comments from the Trump haters…

    But let’s be real: The state is basically 50-50 in recent statewide General Elections. In a Republican Primary though, there are still a lot of Trump supporters. A majority of those voters still support him. Having this endorsement will make it very hard for the other candidates, who were all indicating support for Trump to varying degrees (because they recognize his popularity).

    1. Great. An endorsement that will hurt him in the general. Also, Parnell is a ball sack. That doesn’t help either.

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