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

July 20 2018, 08:30 | Irvin Gilbert

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

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

"He (Trump) doesn't know how flawed my two main opponents are in this primary", Blankenship said.

Many on the right are concerned if Blankenship wins the primary, he'll nearly certainly lose the general election to Democratic Sen.

The tweet comes after Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., said West Virginia voters should reject controversial candidate Don Blankenship, and asked the GOP not to commit "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.

Blankenship has centered his candidacy around attacking fellow Republican Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, accusing him of undermining Trump. 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.

President weighs in on GOP primary race to flip Senator Joe Manchin's seat; Peter Doocy reports from Charleston, West Virginia.

GOPAC: Morrisey 24 percent; Jenkins 20 percent; Blankenship 12 percent.

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Blankenship predicts he cannot only win the primary but also defeat incumbent Democratic U.S. Joe Manchin in November "without the support of the establishment".

Trump's tweet is a reminder that he believes, deeply, in the concept that winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.

Standing in the backroom of an empty restaurant, Morrisey struck a dire tone with the dozen or so supporters who came out to see him: "This race has changed a lot".

The situation strikes a similar chord to Roy Moore's successful Alabama senatorial primary campaign against incumbent Luther Strange and ultimate defeat to Democratic candidate Doug Jones last December. "I will win the primary and I will beat Joe Manchin".

"The way he has been running ads and blaming Obama, there are a large chunk of people in West Virginia that would listen to that message and say it sounds very Trump", said a senior Republican official in Washington, noting that Trump won the state with a whopping 68% of the vote in November 2016. "Most of these states did support Trump by more than just a few points". "While doing so, Mitch has gotten rich", Blankenship continued. "I've never used a race word", Blankenship said to Roll Call.

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

He added, "I have been on the campaign trail with Mr. Blankenship and I have listened to his stories, and I honestly believe he is Trumpier than Trump".

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