Former reality show star Donald Trump has won three out of the four Republican primary contests to date, and now he can say that he has the support of two members of Congress. Well, members of the House of Representatives, anyway. Just who are Donald Trump's supporters in Congress? In this case, I highly doubt that you'll be surprised by one of the answers. This is one of those things that illustrates nicely just why the lower chamber is known as the somewhat less august body of lawmakers compared to the Senate.
He Who Should Not Be Named picked up his first congressional supporter in the form of fellow New Yorker Chris Collins. Collins had supported former Florida governor Jeb Bush until he dropped out of the race following an ineffectual and embarrassingly expensive campaign which tapped mom Barbara Bush to close the deal with South Carolina voters. The Buffalo News calls Collins a "moderate Republican" and "a millionaire businessman." Collins said to the paper: "If we want to get our nation’s economy growing again and deal with the daunting fiscal issues threatening America’s future, it’s time to say no to professional politicians and yes to someone who has created jobs and grown a business.”
Trump's second congressional endorsement came later on Wednesday, when the Republican representing California's 50th district and vapers everywhere, Congressman Duncan Hunter, told Politico: "We don't need a policy wonk as president. We need a leader as president." Despite differing policy positions on subjects as diverse as border security, manufacturing, and national security, Hunter thought that he should endorse the bombastic businessman because he does not seem to not want it in the first place. Hunter told Politico that he hadn't heard from the Trump camp at all, and followed up by saying, "And that's one reason why I like him."
While Trump's picked up the support of a former Jeb! backer as well as the infamous vaping congressman, it is highly unlikely that this represents the beginning of a surge of establishment approval from the Republican Party. Trump's congressional support is coming from incredibly understandable places: fellow millionaires from New York and cringelords who take over their family business — just like Trump himself.