For a guy who once called Donald Trump’s candidacy a “cancer on conservatism,” former Texas governor Rick Perry sure has come around.
Last summer, while he was himself still a GOP contender for the 2016 party nod, he made that “cancer crack” and called Trump “toxic.” In April, he told the ladies on the “The View” he’d vote for the billionaire businessman “at the end of the day” if the alternative was Hillary Clinton.
It was only at the beginning of this month that he finally endorsed The Donald officially, and this week issued the kind of prediction that even Trump’s biggest supporters might have shied away from.
“I think we have the potential to win overwhelmingly,” Perry told campaign donors during a conference call, according to the Washington Examiner. “I’m talking a 35-, 36-, 37-state victory. Just a powerful win in November.”
Perry was speaking on a call hosted by the pro-Trump Great America PAC, according to the Examiner. And he sounded remarkably pro-Trump himself for someone who, not that long ago, considered the New York developer potentially lethal to the party.
“The more I spend time with him, the more I talk with him, the more I see how he has analyzed this country properly at this point in time, I feel very comfortable that we’re going to win,” Perry said.
How comfortable is the once-skeptical Perry these days? As the Examiner reported it:
“Donald Trump has a talent that very few of us in this business [have], and that is to observe [and] to assimilate to what’s going on and then both in a policy way, but also in a verbal way, really catch the attention, the excitement and the trust of the American people.”
Well, “hosanna,” as they say in Houston.
A cynic might suspect Perry’s turnaround could have something to do with the vice presidential guessing game that’s surrounded Trump since he effectively clinched the Republican nomination after a resounding victory in the Indiana GOP primary.
Perry was noncommittal about a potential running mate slot, according to the Examiner article. But a man who’s twice thrown his hat in the ring for the Republican nomination has to have entertained some thoughts about going along for the ride in the wing-man role.
Whatever the former Texas governor’s reasons for changing his tune and singing Trump’s praises, backers of the billionaire on social media were happy to have his full-throated support.
— Debby (@LdyNJ1) May 19, 2016
— Bernie Norris (@norris_bernie) May 19, 2016
It’s looking more and more like a land slide….Hillary still can’t shake Bernie
— Judy Jobe (@JudySim41430323) May 19, 2016
But that doesn’t mean the turnaround didn’t get plenty of mockery.
@teddyschleifer Headline: Cure for Cancer Found.
— John Barron (@JohnBarronUSA) May 18, 2016
— ⚡️TheAstonishingFMan (@AstonishingFMan) May 18, 2016
Seriously? Maybe he really means it this time.