Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, the Springfield Township man who vaulted overnight to political fame in 2008 after a sidewalk debate with then Sen. Barack Obama, has endorsed Donald Trump for president.

Mr. Wurzelbacher, 42, said on his website, “I support Donald Trump to try and restore us first to sanity, then back to greatness.”

The post goes on to say, “When you read how Trump can’t beat Hillary, keep in mind you’re hearing it from the same people who scoffed down their smug noses that he could not possibly win the GOP nomination either.”

On March 4, the local celebrity denied a Reuters report that he backed Mr. Trump, telling The Blade that he viewed Mr. Trump and Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz as his “two front-runners” for the GOP nomination and that if he endorsed either it would appear on his website,

In his post Tuesday night, he wrote, “I’ve been supporting and promoting Donald Trump for President for a long time.”

In an exchange on his street in 2008, he challenged Mr. Obama on his plans to raise taxes on incomes over $250,000. Mr. Obama said that would help to “spread the wealth around.”


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