Trump slams West Virginia GOP Senate candidate Blankenship

Trump slams West Virginia GOP Senate candidate Blankenship”

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.

A defiant Don Blankenship fired back Monday after President Donald Trump urged West Virginia voters to support two of the convicted ex-coal executive's opponents in the Republican U.S. Senate primary.

Trump's tweet also said West Virginia voters should recall what happened in Alabama in December, when Democrat Doug Jones won a special election for a Senate seat against Republican Roy Moore, whose campaign was derailed by accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls.

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. Trump concluded, referencing the two other GOP candidates on the ballot Tuesday in West Virginia: Rep. Evan Jenkins and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

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 (D) in the general election. The victor of the GOP primary in West Virginia will face Democratic Sen.

Moore later lost to Democrat Doug Jones, after facing sexual misconduct allegations from almost 10 women, including accusations of child molestation.

"I'm the only candidate in this race who has backed Donald Trump since day one, and as senator, I'll continue working side-by-side with him in the best interests of West Virginia and our conservative values".

"With two days left, Don Blankenship continues to dismiss the blatant rules to run for Senate", Morrisey said.

Blankenship predicts he cannot only win the primary but also defeat incumbent Democratic U.S. Joe Manchin in November "without the support of the establishment". "No way! Remember Alabama or A.G. Morrisey".

The ad ends, "send me to the Senate and I will represent West Virginia people not China people". Blankenship dismissed criticism that his use of the word "Chinaperson" was racist in quite the Trumpian manner, casting it as political correctness gone unchecked.

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". "No way!" Trump said in his tweet. In the Democratic race, former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray is leading, with an endorsement from Sen.

Mr. Jenkins also claimed that he'd been endorsed by the president. Should the Mr. Blankenship however win despite the intervention it would be exceptionally uncomfortable to Mr. Trump.

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