Earlier this week, Donald Trump appeared in Iowa with the daughter of the legendary John Wayne. The two appeared together as Trump touted the endorsement of Wayne’s daughter, Aissa. The move was no doubt strategic since Iowa is home to the very first caucus in the country. It is also a state that many expect Texas Senator Ted Cruz to win.
Trump also announced the endorsement of Aissa on Twitter saying, “A true honor to receive the endorsement of John Wayne’s daughter, Aissa Wayne. “So proud that if John were here today, he would have endorsed Trump” – strength!” But, according to the rest of Wayne’s family, and the foundation that bears his name, this ‘endorsement’ wasn’t exactly what Donald Trump made it out to be.
Trump has really talked up this ‘endorsement.’ Of course, he bragged about it on Facebook with the following post.
The two even appeared together in Iowa where Trump really talked it up!
“I think having a John Wayne and John Wayne family endorsement means a lot because it does mean that strength that you don’t see.”
Well, if Trump viewed an endorsement by the late John Wayne through his family as strength, then he just got a little bit weaker today.
The organizations that represent John Wayne and his family had this to say about this endorsement.
“John Wayne Enterprises and John Wayne Cancer Foundation wish to state that Aissa Wayne acted independently of both organizations and the Wayne family in her endorsement of Donald Trump,” Enterprises president Ethan Wayne, a son of the actor, said in a curt statement.
“No one can speak on behalf of John Wayne and neither the family nor the foundation endorses candidates in his name.”