Donald Trump has praised his former aide who won her Republican primary, claiming the 25-year-old victor has ‘wonderful energy and wisdom’.
Karoline Leavitt, 25, will become the youngest ever woman elected to Congress if she goes on to win her House race in New Hampshire.
Leavitt beat her more moderate rival, Matt Mowers, 33, a former Trump State Department and 2016 presidential campaign aide, by positioning herself further to the right.
She has claimed that the 2020 election was ‘stolen’ and believes abortion restrictions in her state need to be ‘taken farther’ than a 24-week ban.
Leavitt has a lively social media presence where she has shared photos of her with Kim Kardashian and also a video of her firing a machine gun with a caption daring President Joe Biden to ‘come and take it.’
Karoline Leavitt, 25, won her Tuesday Republican primary race in New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district
A screen grab from Leavitt’s Instagram shows her shooting a machine gun with a caption daring President Joe Biden to ‘come and take it’. Leavitt is proudly pro-Second Amendment
She was assistant press secretary under former President Donald Trump’s then-Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany
Another image from social media shows Leavitt aiming and shooting a firearm at a target at an outdoor range
The former assistant for Trump’s White House press office bested her GOP competitor, another veteran of the previous administration, in the Republican primary race for New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district.
‘Amazing job by Karoline Leavitt in her great New Hampshire victory,’ Trump posted to Truth Social on Wednesday morning. ‘Against all odds, she did it – and will have an even greater victory on November 8th. Wonderful energy and wisdom!!!’
Trump also called Leavitt one of the ‘Trumpiest’ candidates.
Meanwhile, Don Bolduc, 60, also a staunch supporter of Trump, won his Tuesday primary for New Hampshire Senate after the state’s Senate President Chuck Morse conceded. He will advance to take on incumbent Senator Maggie Hassan in November’s general election.
Trump posted: ‘Congratulations to General Don Bolduc, a great gentleman who started his military service as a Private, and ended it as a General – and now his BIG WIN in New Hampshire. WOW! Great going Don.’
He did not endorse a candidate in the New Hampshire Senate primary.
Leavitt, pictured with a slew of ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ paraphernalia, has shared her pro-life views, including that New Hampshire should ‘take it father’ than the current 24-week abortion ban and that the 2020 presidential election was actually won by Donald Trump
Leavitt (left) poses with former boss Kayleigh McEnany (right)
Leavitt posted an image with media icon Kim Kardashian during her trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the Trump White House with released prisoners whom she helped convince the then president to grant clemency
After Trump lost reelection, Leavitt joined Rep. Elise Stefanik’s office as her communications director. She was with the New York lawmaker when she was elected to replace outgoing Rep. Liz Cheney as GOP Conference Chairwoman
Levitt poses with pro-Trump Representative Madison Cawthorn, who is one of the youngest members to ever be sworn in. He took office at 25 years and 155 days – Leavitt, if elected, will be even younger by just 17 days
The former president’s son Donald Trump Jr. put his backing behind Leavitt and Bolduc now that they both won their primaries.
‘I’m happy to support both of them in their races,’ Don Jr., who still has access to his Twitter, wrote. ‘It’s time for all Republicans to unite behind them to help take New Hampshire back from the radical left in November!!!’
Trump posted to his Truth Social praise for the Republican Party in the Granite State for the outcomes Tuesday: ‘Nice! The ‘Trumpiest’ people ALL won in New Hampshire last night. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!’
Millions of dollars flooded into New Hampshire from outside groups like Congressional Leadership Fund and Defending Main Street.
The attacks included ads branding Leavitt as ‘woke,’ ‘immature’ and ‘irresponsible.’
Leavitt shot back at Mowers by branding him part of pushing the Democrat ‘lie’ that Biden won more votes than Trump in the 2020 election.
She also embraced her youth as a positive attribute to her candidacy.
‘We have people in Washington, DC, that have been clinging to power twice as long as I have been alive,’ she told CNN earlier this year.
‘My youth is a strength and that is showing on the campaign trail already.’
An Instagram photo of Leavitt shows her at a bridal shower in April for her future sister-in-law – the GOP candidate has two brothers
Leavitt poses with her family in front of an American Flag in a photo posted to her social media
She brought her father to the White House for the Christmas party when she was working fro Trump. ‘I wouldn’t be here without this man!’ she noted on Instagram
The race turned bitter between Leavitt and her once-colleague Matt Mowers, 33, a former Trump State Department and 2016 presidential campaign aide.
A website run by Mowers’ campaign branded Leavitt as ‘fake MAGA Karoline’ and claimed she ‘never held a real job outside the swamp’.
Mowers had the backing of more establishment Republicans, like moderate New Hampshire GOP Governor Chris Sununu, and was boosted by millions pumped in from a super PAC aligned with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Despite this, he still couldn’t beat the political newcomer.
Leavitt (second from left) dons an American Flag sweater as she poses with supporters at a Karoline for Congress event
An image of the GOP candidate shows her walking in a street parade and waving to potential voters in New Hampshire
Leavitt attended Catholic Saint Anselm College, a private higher education institution in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she was part of the Broadcasting Club, according to her Instagram.
She graduated in 2019 and went to Washington, D.C. to work in the Trump White House.
Ascending through the ranks of the White House press office, Leavitt eventually came to be then-White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s assistant press secretary.
Don Bolduc, a retired army general who touts former President Trump’s election fraud claims and has said that the coronavirus vaccine contains a microchip, won his primary on Tuesday for New Hampshire Senate
Trump’s loss didn’t dissuade her from D.C. – instead she went to work for New York Representative Elise Stefanik, who in May replaced outgoing Republican Representative Liz Cheney as GOP Conference Chairman.
Leavitt, according to her former opponent’s damning website, was registered to vote from her ‘penthouse’ apartment in the nation’s capital before moving back to New Hampshire to run for office.
If elected in the 2022 midterms in November, Leavitt could follow in her former boss’ footsteps by becoming the youngest woman elected to Congress.
In 2014, Stefanik became the youngest woman ever to be sworn into the House at age 30.
If elected, Leavitt could follow in her former boss Stefanik’s footsteps by becoming the youngest woman to serve in Congress. The young candidate turned 25 last month – the age eligible to be sworn in. Leavitt looks on as McEnany and Trump prepare for a press conference
Leavitt turned 25 in August – the minimum age required to be sworn into the lower chamber. Not only would she be the youngest woman ever in the House, but one of the youngest members ever elected.
‘Karoline Leavitt is a radical MAGA Republican who is unprepared and ill-equipped to represent the Granite State,’ Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney said of Leavitt. ‘Her lies about the 2020 election and her agenda to ban abortion, cut Social Security, and repeal the Affordable Care Act are too extreme for New Hampshire.’
Leavitt told the Feltes and Cail New Hampshire radio show that she supports using taxpayers dollars to conduct a nationwide audit on elections to make the system more secure and prove that Trump was the true victor of the 2020 race.