Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump to WV: Anybody but Blankenship

Trump to WV: Anybody but Blankenship

Blankenship also said he had resurrected the GOP in West Virginia.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday morning to denounce Republican candidate for the West Virginia US Senate seat, Don Blankenship.

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. McConnell, who has opposed Blankenship's Senate run, is married to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. 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.

He responded to Trump's tweeted repudiation with a statement saying "the President is a very busy man and doesn't know me".

Blankenship, the former chief executive officer of coal company Massey Energy, was released from prison last year after serving a year for safety violations after a 2010 blast in West Virginia that killed 29 miners.

"Our polls are close", West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, another candidate for the Senate nomination, told a small audience here on Sunday evening. He added that the "institution would be misinforming him because they usually do not desire me to function as from the U.S. Senate and market the President's schedule".

"To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference".

President Donald Trump has insisted his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation to help him win the election. The ad calls McConnell "Cocaine Mitch", a reference to an incident in which drugs were found onboard a ship owned by Chao's father.

The key component of the Trumps - Donald and Don - is that Blankenship can't win in November and, therefore, shouldn't be supported by Republican primary voters.

"I will win the primary and I will beat Joe Manchin", Blankenship wrote.

He has particularly targeted Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, claiming he is a "swamp captain" who has "given millions of jobs to China people".

The ad also drew criticism for the use of the term "China family", to describe McConnell's in-laws.

"While doing so, Mitch has gotten rich", Blankenship says in one TV message that has been widely denounced as racist.

"The war to drain the swamp and create jobs for West Virginia people has begun".

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

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