Trump makes unexpected, questionable congressional endorsement

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
January 24, 2020

End game? Maybe.

President Donald Trump has decided to enter the Republican primary race in Florida's 26th district on Thursday and endorsed Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez over restauranteur Irina Vilarino, who has been pushing the America First Agenda since before entering the race.

The news of the endorsement has caught everyone off guard, stunning Republican politics because Gimenez endorsed and voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election over then-candidates Donald Trump.

Trump tweeted the "complete and total Endorsement" of Gimenez Thursday night, but Vilarino didn't seem moved by the endorsement.

"It's going to be fun debating Carlos Gimenez as he tries to explain away why he supported Hillary Clinton and worked against. @realdonaldtrump, and now wants Republicans to trust him," stated Vilarino.

Maybe Trump thinks Gimenez can deliver Miami-Dade County for him but as an Independent? Back in 2014, Gimenez toyed with changing his party affiliation to Independent, but will he make the switch in 2020?

Not likely.

The winner of this race will face freshman Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D).

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at

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