West Virginia GOP Senate candidate and ex-felon Don Blankenship is surging in the polls, which is sparking panic within the Republican Party. President Trump just threw him under the bus by tweeting a warning to voters that he can’t win.
On Friday, Blankenship released a bizarre campaign ad in which he referred to House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “Cocaine Mitch” and asserted that McConnell got rich off of “China people” and his “China family.”
Despite a poorly made, racist ad (below), Blankenship is surging in the polls, and that’s causing a panic within the GOP.
On Monday morning – just before Tuesday’s primary, Trump tweeted:
“To the great people of West Virginia, we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference. Problem is, Don Blankenship, currently running for Senate, can’t win the General Election in your State…No way! Remember Alabama. Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!”
To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference. Problem is, Don Blankenship, currently running for Senate, can’t win the General Election in your State…No way! Remember Alabama. Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2018
Blankenship was the chairman and CEO of the sixth largest coal company in the U.S., and in 2015, he was found guilty of willfully conspiring to violate mine and health standards, which resulted in 29 deaths, and served a year in prison. He was released in May of 2017.
If you recall, Trump endorsed the GOP candidate in Alabama last year — alleged child molester Roy Moore – and Moore lost to the Democrat, Doug Jones. Trump and the GOP do not want to see Blankenship proceed to the midterm election.
At the time, Moore was running against the Republican incumbent in Alabama. Blankenship is seeking to win the primary where he would be running against the Democratic incumbent, Joe Manchin.
Even Donald Trump Jr. urged West Virginia voters not to vote for Blankenship tweeting: “the people of West Virginia to make a wise decision and reject Blankenship. No more fumbles like Alabama,” he added. “We need to win in November.”
Watch Blankenship’s offensive campaign ad:
Don Blankenship doubles down on phrases like "China people" and "Cocaine Mitch" in new ad that also features his undeniable charisma and charm pic.twitter.com/eiv9WUADjz
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) May 3, 2018