Rick Perry & Donald Trump: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Rick Perry has endorsed Trump. (Getty)

Rick Perry told CNN today that he will support Donald Trump’s presidency. He made this endorsement despite previously stating that Trump could destroy the Republican party.

Here’s what you need to know.

1. Rick Perry Said He Would Endorse Donald Trump

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in New York on May 3, 2016, following the primary in Indiana. Republican Party chief Reince Priebus declared Tuesday that Donald Trump will be the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, after his main rival Ted Cruz dropped out of the race. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Rick Perry is endorsing Trump. (Getty)

Rick Perry told CNN that he’s endorsing Donald Trump for President. The former Texas governor said he will do everything he can to help Trump get elected. This statement came despite saying in the past that Trump was the worst possible thing for the Republican party.

“I believe in the process, and the process has said Donald Trump will be our nominee and I’m going to support him and help him and do what I can.”

2. Perry Said He Would Even Consider Being Trump’s Vice President

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: Republican Presidential Nominee Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) speaks to the crowd during the Eagle Forum's Eagle Council Event at the Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel on September 11, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. A number of Republican Presidential Nominees will address the crowd to express their views on the status of America. (Photo: Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

Rick Perry would consider being Trump’s VP. (Getty)

Perry went one step further, saying that he would even consider being Trump’s running mate, according to CNN. Perry had previously been asked if he would run as a third-party candidate, and he said that idea was “quixotic.”

3. Perry Called Trump ‘One of the Most Talented People Who Has Ever Run for President’


Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump speaks to supporters and the media at Trump Tower in Manhattan. (Getty)

Perry was lavish in his praise for Trump today. He said of Trump:

“He is one of the most talented people who has ever run for the president I have ever seen.”

He added that Trump isn’t perfect, but he believes that Trump loves the United States and will surround himself with experienced people.

4. Last Year, Perry Said Trump Was a ‘Cancer’ Who Would Destroy the Republican Party

WEST DES MOINES, IA - JANUARY 27: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry talks about how he supports Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) before he took to the stage during his campaign event at the Noah's Event Venue on January 27, 2016 in West Des Moines, Iowa. Cruz continues his quest to become the Republican presidential nominee. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Last year Perry compared Trump to cancer. (Getty)

But last year, Perry’s views on Trump were very different. In fact, he said that Trump was a “cancer on conservatism,” according to Politico, and could bring about the end of the Republican party. Perry said:

I will not go quiet when this cancer on conservatism threatens to metastasize into a movement of mean-spirited politics that will send the Republican Party to the same place it sent the Whig Party in 1854: the graveyard.”

What happened to change Perry’s mind?

5. Perry Has Previously Said That Trump Wrongly Demonized Mexican-Americans ‘For Sport’

Perry had numerous harsh things to say about Trump back in July 2015, when he spoke at an address at the Willard Hotel in downtown Washington. He said that Trump generated great ratings because he was a reality television star, but he sowed division. Perry said:

“[Trump is] wrongly demonizing Mexican-Americans for political sport… instead of offering those voters leadership or solutions, he has offered fear and sound bites. This cannot stand.”

Now Perry is saying that Trump is one of the most talented presidential candidates he’s ever seen. It’s a big change in less than a year.

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