Success, it seems, is the best way to improve people’s opinions of you. Only months after former Texas Gov. Rick Perry called Donald Trump “a cancer on conservatism,” the former presidential candidate came out and endorsed Trump for the presidency.
According to CNN, Gov. Perry made the announcement Thursday. After Perry became the first candidate for the Republican Party nomination to suspend his campaign, he lobbied hard for fellow Texan Sen. Ted Cruz.
“He is not a perfect man. But what I do believe is that he loves this country and he will surround himself with capable, experienced people and he will listen to them,” Perry told reporters about Trump.
“He wasn’t my first choice, wasn’t my second choice, but he is the people’s choice,” the former Texas governor added. (Speaker Paul Ryan could take a lesson from the former governor about listening to the will of the people.)
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Perry was governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015. He launched two presidential runs in 2012 and 2016. While an early favorite four years ago, a series of blunders and missteps quickly reduced his appeal. His 2016 candidacy never achieved escape velocity, and he became the first of the 17 declared candidates to drop out, instead campaigning for Cruz.
“When Ted said he is done and suspending his campaign — that was the last individual who had a chance,” to defeat Trump for the Republican nomination, Perry said.
“I believe in the process, and the process has said Donald Trump will be our nominee and I’m going to support him and help him and do what I can,” he said, adding that Trump “is one of the most talented people who has ever run for the president I have ever seen.”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan still said that he’s “not ready” to support Trump. However, given how Perry came around from calling Trump a cancer on conservatism to “one of the most talented people who has ever run for the president,” we can hope that it’s only a matter of time before Ryan does the same.
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