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

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

President Trump has urged voters to vote for either Rep. Evan Jenkins (middle) or Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (right.) Don Blankenship (left) insists he still has a chance to win the Republican primary despite Trump endorsing his opponents.

"Convicted criminal Don Blankenship didn't vote for President Trump and is a resident of Nevada, where he must report to his parole officer", he says in robocalls that started going out Saturday to potential voters.

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So I'm gonna go out on a limb here and ask the people of West Virginia to make a wise decision and reject Blankenship!

Blankenship has referred to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao's father - the Shanghai-born chairman of a major shipping company - as a "wealthy China-person".

Now, 24 hours before West Virginians head to the polls, Donald Trump has finally put his thumb on the scales.

The Weekly Standard reported two internal campaign polls Monday that show Blankenship leading his competitors.

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Greg Thomas, a Blankenship spokesman, said, "Mr. Morrisey is just having a tantrum. As some have said, I am Trumpier than Trump and this morning proves it", Blankenship said of his race against Republican opponents Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and West Virginia Rep. Evan Jenkins.

He also referenced the failed U.S. Senate bid of Roy Moore in a December Alabama special election.

If we do that, West Virginia will have a senator who will work closely with President Trump.

"Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State", the president said.

Blankenship argued that neither Jenkins or Morrisey could beat Manchin without his support, but he would prevail over the Democratic stalwart "even without the support of the establishment".

The danger lurking for Republicans in a Blankenship candidacy harkens back to 2012 when two GOP Senate candidates, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, made critical gaffes during the waning days of their campaigns and cost the party a chance at two seats that could have helped them capture a majority. 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. O'Connell, who worked on John McCain's presidential campaign, said he believes that if Blankenship loses the primary this Tuesday, the race is the Republicans' to win. In a different location, Mr. Blankenship dubbed Mr. McConnell "Cocaine Mitch" for far-fetched claims that a ship connected to Ms. Chao's daddy the moment smuggled medications.

Blankenship served a year in jail for conspiring to violate mine safety laws, which was related to an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in 2010 that killed 29 miners. Trump Jr. tweeted. "No more fumbles like Alabama". 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. "We need to win in November".

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