Trump Announces His ‘Complete & Total Endorsement’ For Navy SEAL Derrick Van Orden For Congress

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45th President Donald J. Trump issued statement via email from his “Save America” PAC on Thursday announcing his “Complete and Total Endorsement” for former Navy SEAL Senior Chief Derrick Van Orden in the race for Wisconsin’s 3rd congressional district.

Trump’s endorsement comes after Democratic Rep. Ron Kind (WI) announced on Tuesday that he will not seek reelection. “The truth is I’ve run out of gas,” he told reporters, in part.

Endorsement of Derrick Van Orden:

Derrick Van Orden is running for Congress in Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District. Derrick is a former Navy SEAL Senior Chief who bravely served and defended our Country.

He strongly supports our Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement, and he will always fight for Secure Borders, the Second Amendment, and our incredible Farmers.

Derrick has my Complete and Total Endorsement! Continued Below

The Hill reported:

Van Orden challenged Kind in 2020, but ultimately lost to the longtime congressman by less than 3 percentage points. He quickly announced that he would run for the seat again in 2022 and racked up endorsements from prominent Republicans such as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.).

His looming retirement is a major blow to Democrats, who are gearing up for a tough fight next year as they look to hold onto their narrow House majority. Even before announcing his retirement, House Republicans had indicated that they would target his district aggressively. Continued Below

Van Orden famously appeared in the film “Act of Valor,” in which actual Navy SEALS portrayed a fictionalized SEAL team mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent and stop a terrorist attack, American Military News reported.

He expressed on Thursday that he was ” incredibly proud to receive his endorsement for my congressional run” from President Trump.

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After Rep. Kind announced his plans to step down, Van Orden tweeted on Tuesday, “I would like to thank Kind for serving in Washington for the last 24 years, and I wish him the best in his retirement. Todays announcement indicative of what I hear every day as I travel the 3rd district: Wisconsinites want a change.”

He added, “Wisconsin and America is ready for a change. We are done with @SpeakerPelosi and her radical socialist agenda.”

Van Orden previously defended President Trump against attacks from former Commander of the Navy SEALS and former Admiral William McRaven: