Trump to WV: Anybody but Blankenship

Posted May 08, 2018

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Republican strategists feel that Mr. Manchin supplies them of the best chances to reclaim a Democratic seat, but this the conservative Democrat and former governor will easily acquire re election if Mr. Blankenship could be the nominee. Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State...

President Donald Trump on Monday weighed in on the U.S. Senate race in West Virginia, urging Republican voters to reject combative newcomer Don Blankenship, a retired coal company executive, in favor of two more mainstream GOP candidates. "Remember Alabama. Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!" he posted. Jeff Flake, a frequent Trump critic and someone mentioned as a possible 3rd party candidate for president in 2020, hit Trump for that mentality in a tweet Monday. Blankenship has recently come under fire for comments he made about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and McConnell's wife Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. Blankenship is a former CEO of Massey Energy who until recently was serving a yearlong sentence for a misdemeanor conviction over his involvement in the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in four decades. They are also childishly calling me "despicable" and 'mentally ill.' The war to drain the swamp and create jobs for West Virginia people has begun. Trump said in a tweet comparing Blankenship to Roy Moore's failed Senate bid in Alabama. Newbrough had earlier said he would not support Morrisey.

GOP operatives in D.C. are concerned Blankenship might have a hard time beating Sen.

The president had offered Moore his full-throated support in the days leading to the special election in the deep red Cotton State. "I will beat Joe Manchin and ditch Cocaine Mitch, for the sake of the kids".

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Trump, seeking to tap into nativist sentiment across the country, kicked off his 2016 campaign with harsh rhetoric on Mexican immigrations to the United States, labeling undocumented immigrants as "rapists" who are "bringing drugs" and "bringing crime". "In fact his China family has given him tens of millions of dollars", he said in the ad.

"We have a three-alarm fire in West Virginia", Republican strategist Ford O'Connell told Newsweek.

No one, I guess, includes the President.

In an interview with Roll Call last week, Blankenship said his campaign ad was not racist because in the ad "there's no mention of a race".

"I think it could be misunderstood - people love Trump's policies and his commitment to West Virginia, they don't necessarily love individuals".

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