'Waste of Time': Trump Gets 1st Congressional Endorsements

The Donald doesn't appear particularly moved
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2016 12:44 PM CST
Donald Trump secured his first two official congressional endorsements on Wednesday, a day after running away with the Nevada caucus.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(Newser) – It seems everyone loves a winner. Fresh off his third GOP primary victory in a row, Donald Trump on Wednesday secured his first two congressional endorsements, ABC News reports. "We don't need a policy wonk as president; we need a leader as president," Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican who had previously endorsed Mike Huckabee, tells Politico. Likewise GOP Rep. Chris Collins of New York. “Donald Trump has clearly demonstrated that he has both the guts and the fortitude to return our nation’s jobs stolen by China; take on our enemies like ISIS, Iran, North Korea, and Russia; and most importantly, re-establish the opportunity for our children and grandchildren to attain the American Dream," the Buffalo News quotes Collins, a one-time Jeb Bush backer, as saying.

ABC says the endorsements are "the latest sign members of the Republican political establishment are coming to terms with" Trump as their nominee. Hunter tells Politico he expects more endorsements to follow as Trump supporters in Congress "come out of the closet." Not that it seems to matter to Trump, who ABC reports called endorsements a "waste of time" on Wednesday. "I don't think Trump wants my endorsement," Hunter tells Politico. "And that's one reason why I like him." But not everyone in the party establishment is hopping on the Trump train just yet. "I'm running out of adjectives how bad I think Donald Trump is for the party and the country," Sen. Lindsey Graham tells ABC. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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