- A Trump biographer has compared the former president’s 2022 endorsements to his TV show “The Apprentice.”
- “What is ‘The Apprentice’ if not a sad rush of people behaving like crabs in a bucket to be lifted by him?”
- Trump has endorsed about 140 candidates in the midterm elections this year.
Former President Donald Trump’s endorsements for the 2022 midterm Republican nominees resemble his old reality TV show, “The Apprentice,” according to a Trump biographer.
“What is ‘The Apprentice’ if not a sad rush of people behaving like crabs in a bucket to be lifted by him?” biographer Michael D’Antonio told The New York Times in a Monday report.
“How are these people anything other than candidates vying for his endorsement?” D’Antonio added.
D’Antonio, a longtime journalist and author, wrote the 2015 biography “The Truth About Trump.” His sighting comes as Trump hosted a slew of fundraisers and events for Republicans running in this year’s midterm elections at his Mar-a-Lago resort in West Palm Beach, Florida. The former president has backed around 140 candidates for 2022, displaying his enduring influence within the Republican Party.
Recently, Republicans were vying for Trump’s endorsement in hotly contested and high-profile primary races for the Ohio and Pennsylvania Senate seats. In Pennsylvania, Trump initially backed Sean Parnell, an army veteran who later suspended his campaign after a judge awarded his wife sole legal custody of the couple’s three children. Parnell has denied allegations of physical abuse against his wife and children. Earlier this month, Trump threw his support behind Dr. Mehmet Oz, a television personality and political newcomer. parnell critical Trump’s decision on Twitter.
In Ohio, Trump endorsed “Hillbilly Elegy” author JD Vance, despite his advisers pushing him to back other candidates in the race.
Trump’s record has been mixed, but candidates may see a double-digit poll increase following his endorsement, especially in more local races. While Trump’s endorsements are highly coveted in GOP primaries, the former president has yet to prove backing a candidate can tip the scales in a competitive general election.
There have also been instances where Trump’s endorsement has solidified the support behind a candidate in a GOP primary only for him to prove himself a liability in the general. In late 2017, Trump endorsed GOP nominee for the Alabama Senate, Roy Moore, who faced allegations of sexual misconduct by multiple women. Moore ended up losing to Democrat Doug Jones.
Trump, a real estate mogul, hosted his reality TV show, “The Apprentice,” from 2004 to 2017. The show focused on people competing for a spot to become an “apprentice” in the one of Trump’s properties, and popularized his catchphrase, “You’re Fired!”