Following the suspension of his unlikely 2024 White House bid this past week, Michigan billionaire Perry Johnson backed former President Trump.
Perry said that Trump is the only Republican contender standing who has the ability to defeat President Biden in a potential 2020 rematch in a statement that was made public this week.
“There is currently only one contender in this race who can address the economic, foreign policy, and social challenges facing our country and, most importantly, defeat Joe Biden at the polls, after my decision to halt my presidential campaign this week. The name of that guy is Donald Trump,” Johnson stated.
“The nation witnessed historic peace accords, an end to new conflicts, a resurgence of the economy, and the forging of a new path free of established career politicians,” Johnson continued. “I fully backed President Trump in both 2016 and 2020, and I am proud to be doing so again as he runs for the GOP’s nomination for president in 2024.”
In the end, he said, “I look forward to helping him get elected next year and working with other conservatives to beat Joe Biden in November.”
Perry said in March that he was running for president after his Republican Party campaign to become governor of Michigan the previous year fell through because of a plan to fake signatures that kept him off the primary ballot. He said that cutting two cents off of every dollar the federal government spends on extras would “end inflation and settle the debt crisis.”
But Perry’s White House plan didn’t work because there were so many other candidates for the GOP nod. The RealClearPolitics national survey average puts Trump way ahead of the next closest contender, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Perry, on the other hand, got 0% in some polls.
The 75-year-old Johnson is the third candidate to drop out this year. The first two were Miami Mayor Francis Suarez as well as former Representative Will Hurd (R-TX). Hurd supported Nikki Haley for president after he ended his bid this month. Haley is the former ambassador and governor of South Carolina.
Johnson was upset that he didn’t make it to the debate stage when he announced last week that his campaign was over. “Because I can’t share my ideas in public, I’ve decided that stopping my campaign right now is the best thing to do,” he stated.