Since leaving office, former President Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed to pitch in as the Republican Party aims to take back control of Congress in next year’s midterm elections.
It appears that his latest effort in that regard came on Wednesday, when he hosted a special fundraiser in New Jersey for U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the Washington Examiner reported.
“Never been more energized”
In addition to being a vocal supporter of Trump, the congresswoman made news earlier this year when she took over as chair of the House GOP conference, replacing Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), a staunch Trump critic.
Stefanik confirmed the collaboration with Trump in a tweet on Wednesday afternoon.
“On my way to Bedminster to visit with my friend President Trump for our biggest [Stefanik campaign] fundraiser ever!” she wrote. “Republicans & the American people have never been more energized and excited to defeat the Far Left & save our country! And we proudly love our American flag!”
Several hours later, she tweeted an image of herself alongside the former president.
One team. SAVE AMERICA!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/TC2LjyvkMD
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) June 9, 2021
“Stakes could not be higher”
According to the New York Post, the fundraiser took place at Trump’s Bedminister golf resort, kicking off with a one-on-one meeting between Trump and Stefanik and followed by a roundtable discussion with top donors.
The event was capped off with an address to a larger crowd of donors and supporters.
Stefanik appears to have benefited from the partnership, reportedly raising about $250,000 in support of her upcoming re-election bid.
“Thank you to my friend President Trump for hosting such an incredible event as we work as one Republican team to win next November,” she said in a subsequent statement. “The stakes could not be higher as the American people see the destruction and dismantling of our country by the radical far-left Socialists in the White House and Congress.”
Trump reportedly referred to Stefanik as a “superstar,” and his senior adviser Jason Miller touted her qualifications in a statement released after the fundraiser, asserting: “With Elise’s leadership, the House GOP is more united than ever and in a stronger position to retake the House next November. Elise is already working hard and raising record money to fire Pelosi and save America! She is a fighter and a winner!”