The ugly truth behind Donald Trump's tweet about Don Blankenship

08 May, 2018, 01:03 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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The candidates that emerge Tuesday night from bruising and expensive primary battles in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia will provide answers to key questions about races crucial to determining which parties will control the U.S. House and Senate after November.

On Monday morning, President Donald Trump took sides in the West Virginia Senate Republican primary.

Trump also asked West Virginia voters to "Remember Alabama" - a reference to Republican Roy Moore, who lost a Senate race to Democrat Doug Jones after allegations surfaced of Moore's sexual advances toward teenagers.

Mr Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court judge, crashed out of the race, handing Democrats their first Senate victory in the Deep South state since 1992.

But the President's son does not share that sentiment and unleashed a series of tweets on Thursday urging West Virginia Republicans to vote against Blankenship.

In response, Blankenship issued a statement in which he said Trump "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".

Blankenship served a one-year prison term for conspiring to willfully violate mine safety standards at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine, where 29 miners were killed in a 2010 explosion. "We need to win in November".


Blankenship has made his opposition to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. a centerpiece of the campaign in which he referred to McConnell's in-laws as his "China family" in a recent campaign ad.

Blankenship is among six GOP candidates in Tuesday's primary.

The anti-establishment candidate doesn't think President Trump, who beat Hillary Clinton here by 42 points in 2016, is going to hurt his chances though.

President Trump endorsed Ohio GOP Congressman Jim Renacci in his Senate bid after convincing him to switch from the governor's race and appeared with him over the weekend in the state. Luther Strange - but when it became clear that Moore could well win despite the large number of women who came forward to say he had sought relationships with them when they were under age, Trump went all in for Moore. Allahpundit wrote about the coal mogul's obsession with "Cocaine Mitch" McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao's family of "China people", which will make for hilarious general-election campaign fodder. While doing so, Mitch has gotten rich. "I've never used a race word", Blankenship said to Roll Call.

Meanwhile, Morrissey has attacked Blankenship, accusing him of not filing a personal financial disclosure form, according to The Hill.

A super PAC linked to Democrats has been running ads in West Virginia attacking Jenkins and Morrisey for weeks.

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