Blankenship Rebuffs the President: 'I am Trumpier Than Trump'


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.

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.

President Donald Trump is weighing in on West Virginia's Republican Senate primary, telling voters to "remember Alabama".

And it's an all too recognizable feeling for Senate G.O.P. officials: at December, the celebration handed across the Alabama seat once held by Jeff periods to Doug Jones, a Democrat, afterwards nominating Roy S. Moore, a contentious former state decide that was enticed by a number of girls of earning advances to them when these were adolescents, allegations that Mr. Moore denied. Jenkins also found himself under assault from Duty and Country, a super PAC run by national Democrats who view the congressman as a threat in the general election and want to prevent him from winning the primary. Blankenship is one of 6 GOP candidates vying for the U.S. Senate seat that is now held by W.Va. Democrat Joe Manchin.

"My situation in West Virginia is Trumpier than Trump", Blankenship said on "Talkline". More ominously, Blankenship served a year in prison for failing to provide a safe working environment after a mine explosion killed 29 workers in 2010.

"Our polls are close", West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, another candidate for the Senate nomination, told a small audience here on Sunday evening. "We need to win in November".

"The President 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 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. "The establishment needs to stand down in this race, and I will beat Manchin in the fall".

That sense has been felt for weeks, not only in West Virginia but back in Washington, DC, where top Republicans have anxious Blankenship could win Tuesday's primary.

There is no response from Blankenship regarding President Trump's denouncement yet this morning.

"No way!" Trump said in his tweet.

"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".

In a new campaign video Don Blankenship used the term "China people" and called out "cocaine Mitch" again for his "China family".