MCConnell Urged Trump to Reject West Virginia Candidate

MCConnell Urged Trump to Reject West Virginia Candidate

President Donald Trump urged Republicans in West Virginia not to make convicted felon and businessman Don Blankenship the nominee for Senate on Tuesday.

The exorbitantly wealthy white-collar criminal - who is trying to steal a nomination from career GOP politicians on the strength of his media exposure and the virulence of his racism - also observed, "As some have said, I am Trumpier than Trump, and this morning proves it'".

Republicans, who control both houses of Congress as well as the White House, are looking to break with election history dictating that the party of the president typically loses seats in mid-term elections.

Morrisey, one of the two beneficiaries of Trump's tweet, said he hasn't spoken to the president in the past few days, but nominating a Republican who can defeat Manchin is key.

"I thought West Virginians would see through his campaign", Morrissey admitted, arguing he is running a "misleading campaign".

Greg Thomas, a Blankenship spokesman, said, "Mr. Morrisey is just having a tantrum".

In a Tweet Monday morning, Trump attempted to appeal to the sensibilities of West Virginia Republicans, who voted Trump into office in 2016 by almost 42 points.

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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.

IN and OH represent less treacherous scenarios for Republicans, but the GOP primary in the Hoosier State has been an all-out brawl to be President Trump's most loyal foot-soldier in the Senate.

"The establishment is misinforming him because they do not want me to be in the U.S. Senate and promote the president's agenda", Blankenship responded in a statement. Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State No way!

An internal poll from one of Blankenship's rivals taken on Saturday and Sunday found Blankenship slightly ahead with 31 percent of the vote, according to The Weekly Standard. Rep. Trump won the district by nearly 50 points in 2016, but the districts ancestrally blue roots and historic support for Manchin may create a competitive race in November. In another poll, it's Blankenship 28 percent, Morrisey 27 percent, Jenkins 14 percent.

But Blankenship, who was convicted on misdemeanor charges stemming from a 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners, may in fact be the most Trumplike candidate, accusing the government of covering up its own failures and blaming his conviction on an Obama administration conspiracy.

"No more fumbles like Alabama", he said.

"Swamp captain Mitch McConnell has created millions of jobs for China people", Blankenship says in a recent ad, a direct-to-camera 30-second spot that defines the coal baron's attacks on the majority leader. Each claimed to have the support of the president, even though Mr. Trump made it explicit that he has no preference between the two. "Let's find the very best person in West Virginia and not have a situation where we can't compete in November".

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