With early voting ongoing in the Republican primary election, former President Donald Trump has continued opining on races in Texas, calling any Republican that supports House Speaker Dade Phelan “a fool.”

Trump made the comments Sunday in a post on Truth Social, where he reiterated his previous endorsement of David Covey, one of the candidates challenging Phelan.

“David Covey is running against Dade Phelan, the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, who led the Fraudulent Impeachment of the recently re-elected, in a landslide, Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton,” wrote Trump.

Trump expanded his criticism beyond just Phelan, taking aim at any Republican that backs him.

“Any Republican backing Phelan is a fool, and should be disassociated from the Republican Party – that’s how bad Phelan is, especially on Election Integrity!” wrote Trump.

Phelan has been blasted for helping Democrats lower the penalty for illegal voting from a felony to a misdemeanor. He also refused to move legislation forward that would restore the power of the attorney general to prosecute election fraud cases.

Trump’s comments come after he endorsed four challengers to House Republicans last week. 

Those candidates include:

Mike Olcott, challenging State Rep. Glenn Rogers (R–Graford) in House District 60

Helen Kerwin, challenging State Rep. DeWayne Burns (R–Cleburne) in House District 58

Alan Schoolcraft, challenging State Rep. John Kuempel (R–Seguin) in House District 44

Liz Case, challenging State Rep. Stan Lambert (R–Abilene) in House District 71

He also endorsed Brent Hagenbuch for the open Senate District 30 being vacated by retiring State Sen. Drew Springer (R–Muenster).

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who has issued some House endorsements of his own, said as Chair of the Trump campaign for Texas he is “proud” of the candidates Trump has endorsed.

Phelan’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment. 

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens