Trump slams West Virginia GOP Senate candidate Blankenship

Trump slams West Virginia GOP Senate candidate Blankenship

On Tuesday, the public will learn whether the Republican Party is stepping back from the edge of a cliff or jumping into the abyss when voters in West Virginia nominate a challenger to Sen.

And he just might be the West Virginia GOP's nominee for Senate this fall.

Blankenship served one year in prison for conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards, a misdemeanor. 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.

"To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference".

Mr. Morrissey seized to the president's no announcement at a tweet of his own, saying Mr. Blankenship would-be an "disaster" at the general election. 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.

"As some have said I am Trumpier than Trump, and this morning proves it", Blankenship, a former mining CEO, said in a statement responding to a tweet from Trump.

Both President Trump and Donald Trump Jr. have instructed West Virginians to vote against Don Blankenship in the GOP primary.

McConnell is married to Trump's Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, whose parents immigrated to the 1961 and are both US citizens.

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". "We need to win in November". Trump didn't endorse a candidate; instead he told GOP voters who NOT to vote for.

The Republican president maintains a strong approval rating in West Virginia at 61 points, according to March polling from Morning Consult.

That hasn't stopped Blankenship from using Trump to help his case. Not on what Blankenship has said or what he believes.

After that loss, Trump said on Twitter: "The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election".

"The problem isn't that Don Blankenship can't win a general election in West Virginia, it's that he shouldn't win a general election in West Virginia". After the election result, Trump tried to distance himself from Moore by reverting back to his previous argument that unusual would have won the general election.

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.

Trump's tweet referred to Roy Moore, an Alabama Republican accused of sexual misconduct who was upset a year ago in the US Senate election by Democrat Doug Jones. Doug Jones, D-Ala., in December - too much baggage.

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