Trump endorses Ryan Zinke at tele-rally

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A Republican candidate for the United States House in the Western District of Montana held a public call with former President Donald Trump on Monday evening.

The former president spoke for about four minutes on the nine-minute call and told listeners that nominee Ryan Zinke had his full endorsement.

“With his help, and with the help of everyone, this country will be straightened out. We are going to get rid of Nancy Pelosi’s crazy political career once and for all,” Trump said.

Trump’s call with Zinke came days after ballots were mailed to voters. Zinke faces four opponents in the race for the Republican Party nomination. Zinke holds a large fundraising advantage and has refused to attend debates with its main opponents.

Zinke previously represented Montana in Congress, but left early when Trump named him secretary of the interior in 2017.

Zinke resigned from the post in 2019 amid investigations into ethics complaints against him. The federal agency released a report earlier this year saying Zinke failed to meet his ethical obligations while in charge, which Zinke called a “political stunt.”

Trump praised Zinke for his work to boost energy production in cancellation of restrictions on oil, gas and coal development, for opening up federal lands to build a wall along the US-Mexico border and for pushing for more funding for national parks.

While urging listeners to vote, Trump noted that mail-in voting has already started in Montana and repeated false claims that mail-in voting is not secure.

Courts and officials, including Trump’s attorney general William Barr, concluded that the 2020 election was safe and that the allegations of fraud were without merit. Zinke urged Montanese to vote and return their ballots.

During the tele-rally, Zinke spoke about the need to tackle high gas and grocery prices. He says the federal government is spending too much money and needs to encourage more energy development.

“It’s absolutely fixable, but we’re going to have to fix it together as Americans,” Zinke said.

Montana’s primary election is June 7.

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