Trump urges West Virginia voters to reject Blankenship

08 May, 2018, 01:32 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • MetroNews staff

He's launched a racially charged campaign against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), which has intensified GOP efforts to tank Blankenship before they fear he tanks them. Until recently, the West Virginia primary had been treated as a two-man race between West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Congressman Evan Jenkins, but Blankenship has closed the gap.

The President adds his voice to the national Republicans who are anxious that Blankenship's upstart campaign could upend plans to run either Republican Rep. Evan Jenkins or Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who are seen as more electable, against vulnerable Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

The key component of the Trumps - Donald and Don - is that Blankenship can't win in November and, therefore, shouldn't be supported by Republican primary voters. What about that time he referred to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Chao's husband, as "Cocaine Mitch".

In a CNN panel discussion about Blankenship's candidacy on Monday, CNN reporter Phil Mattingly said that while they had hoped Blankenship's candidacy was toast at this point last week, their own internal numbers over the weekend showed him making dramatic gains on his rivals in the primary.

Trump cited Alabama Republican Roy Moore, who lost a special Senate election after allegations of past sexual misconduct.

"The President is a very busy man and he doesn't know me, and he doesn't know how flawed my two main opponents are in this primary", he said in a statement Monday.

President Donald Trump has... learned... from a mistake...? "Trump and Don are two guys who have similar experiences and similar backgrounds and similar thoughts and similar ideas on where the country should be headed", Greg Thomas, Blankenship's top aide, told CNN. "Remember Alabama", the president said.


He explicitly referenced the race at the end of the event, as he asked the audience to cheer for Jenkins or Morrisey in a demonstration of how the crowd planned to vote in the upcoming GOP senate primary.

"We have a three-alarm fire in West Virginia", Republican strategist Ford O'Connell told Newsweek. "I've never used a race word".

In a new radio ad, Blankenship says that "the establishment politicians are getting more desperate and more hostile, calling me a bigot, a moron, a despicable character and mentally ill".

Republicans a part of the race have been pressuring the White House to talk out, however, administration officials were not fully specific what Mr. Trump would perform before they watched that the conversation.

Whether Trump and McConnell's opposition hurts Blankenship will be revealed Tuesday at the polls.

Trump's tweet is a reminder that he believes, deeply, in the concept that winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.

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