The daughter of famed Western film actor John Wayne, Aissa Wayne announced her support for GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump Wednesday in a letter to the billionaire businessman. And it could have a significant impact on the first GOP contest in the Hawkeye State.
“Please know that I am in your corner, and I am certain that my dad would have been a big supporter of Mr. Trump,” Aissa Wayne wrote in her note, which Trump posted on Facebook. “If there is anything I can do to assist in the campaign, I am humbly at your service.”
In June, shortly after launching his presidential bid, Trump hosted a reception at the John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset, Iowa, an event Wayne refers to in her message. Wayne remains a major symbol of pride for many Iowans, and there was some jockeying for Ms. Wayne’s endorsement over the past month.
“My dad, I am sure, would be very proud of Mr. Trump and the goal to Make America Great Again!” she wrote. “I want to thank Mr. Trump for the tireless work he is doing for this country. The average American citizen is mad as hell that our country is being sold down the river.”
She also said that she is “grateful” that Trump has “finally given the people of America a voice.”
After receiving the glowing letter from Wayne, Trump offered compliments to Wayne and her father in return.
“A lovely letter from the daughter of the late great John Wayne. Our country could use a John Wayne right now,” Trump wrote in a Facebook post.