Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee gets Trump endorsement as right-wing attacks intensify

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee gets Trump endorsement as right-wing attacks intensify

Gov. Bill Lee received the endorsement of former President Donald Trump on Friday, a boost to the governor’s 2022 reelection efforts that comes as some right-wing groups in the state have increasingly attacked the Lee in recent weeks. “Governor Bill Lee is an outsider who led the Great State of Tennessee through difficult times, without compromising his Conservative Values,” read Trump statement released by his political action committee. “Tennesseans enjoy more freedom than ever before. He fully supports Law Enforcement, Strong Borders, the Second Amendment, our Military and our Vets. Re-electing Bill Lee means putting America first. Bill has my Complete and Total Endorsement! ” While Lee has remained popular statewide and is expected to successfully face reelection, some right-wing groups and conservative thought leaders in the state have gone after the governor, particularly over policies related to COVID-19. Most recently, Lee’s office on Thursday had to assure members of the legislature that conspiracy theories about the governor that are being perpetuated by multiple conservative groups and websites — including rumors Lee is opening internment camps and having the National Guard force vaccines on citizens — were false. Earlier Friday, Trump met with U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty, whom he endorsed in the 2020 Republican primary. President Biden: President Biden praises health care workers who were threatened after Tennessee school board meeting Gov. Bill Lee on ‘conspiracy theories’: Gov. Bill Lee aide warns legislators against vaccine ‘conspiracy theories’ by right-wing groups Reach Natalie Allison at nallison@tennessean.com. Follow her on Twitter […]

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