Calling Masters “a great modern-day thinker,” Trump praised the tech entrepreneur Thursday in a statement that underscored the candidate’s commitment to the former President’s top priorities — from immigration and gun rights to relitigating 2020 election.
“Blake knows that the “Crime of the Century” took place, he will expose it and also, never let it happen again,” Trump said in a statement, referring to false claims of electoral fraud in 2020.
Thiel had privately lobbied Trump to endorse Vance and Masters, in addition to pouring millions into super PACs supporting both men. Just weeks before Trump unveiled his endorsement of Masters, Thiel made another $3.5 million contribution to Saving Arizona, the Masters-aligned group — on top of an initial $10 million investment.
“President Trump is a great man and a visionary,” Masters said in a statement released by his campaign. “It’s incredible to have his endorsement. I wish everyone could know how this feels.”
“Soon we will have a young, fearless, dynamic America First coalition in the U.S. Senate and that is thanks to Donald Trump,” Masters said.
“When Club for Growth Action and President Trump work together, real conservatives win, and that’s exactly what will happen in Arizona,” David McIntosh, president of Club for Growth Action, said in a statement Thursday welcoming Trump’s endorsement of Masters.
But the campaign arm of Senate Democrats said Trump’s move would exacerbate divisions in the GOP primary.
“Now his endorsement will only intensify this intra-party fight, just like it has in GOP Senate primaries across the country — leaving whichever candidate limps out of their primary badly damaged and on the wrong side of the voters who will decide the general election,” Patrick Burgwinkle, a spokersperson for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said in a statement.
The Arizona primary elections are scheduled for August 2.
This story has been updated with additional reaction and background.
CNN’s Terence Burlij contributed to this report.