It's Trump's party now as GOP learns not to cross president

15 June, 2018, 00:36 | Author: Essie Rivera
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The hosts were discussing Donald Trump critic Mark Sanford's defeat Tuesday in South Carolina's first congressional district.

I think if you took a look at Republican nominees who are women this time, it hasn't gone down.

"He's MIA and nothing but trouble", Trump continued.

When Sanford was governor of SC it was revealed he was having an extra marital affair when he claimed he was hiking the Appalachian Trail but was actually in Argentina with his lover, María Belén Chapur.

The South Carolina Republican, who served in Congress from 1995-2001, was re-elected in 2013 in a special election in his Charleston-based district.

True, in some communities, the only local races on the ballot - many of which drove turnout - were Republican.

Since then, Sanford has accused Trump of fanning "the flames of intolerance", criticized Trump's use of the word "shit-hole" to describe some third world countries, and most recently called the president's plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports "an experiment with stupidity".

The South Carolina congressman lost to state lawmaker Katie Arrington, who won Trump's support just hours before the polls closed Tuesday.

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'She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes. During the 2016 presidential election, after Trump ventured to Capitol Hill to meet with Republicans, Sanford came out of the meeting telling reporters, "I wasn't particularly impressed".

With his late entry into the race, Trump let Sanford know that has not gone unnoticed.

Rep. Martha Roby, for example, was forced into a runoff last week in Alabama after her opponents seized on her own rift with the president. He also thrusted some blame onto Trump for increasing divides within the modern Republican party and creating an even more volatile political climate. "He is better off in Argentina", the president wrote. And what are the long-term impacts of Trump's support for Arrington's candidacy?

Cramer is in his third term representing North Dakota's at-large congressional district, giving him strong name recognition and a track record of being elected to statewide office. No wonder Mitt Romney, who once called Trump a fake and a con man, now embraces the Trump presidency as he runs a primary race for a Senate seat in Utah.

"Yes, of course it's his party", said Doug Heye, a former top House GOP leadership aide who is now a party strategist. Trump won the district in 2016 by a margin of 53% to 40%.

But asking voters multiple questions on each race further drags things out.

Republican Senator Bob Corker, who declined to run for re-election in conservative Tennessee after tangling with Trump, said on Wednesday the party was now in "a odd place", and not a good one.

The president and his political team have wrestled with just how involved he should get in Republican primaries. The liberal environmental lawyer cleared his own primary hurdle on Tuesday, and is hoping a "blue wave" this November will carry him to victory and flip this seat back to the Democrats after almost four decades of "Republican" control. After all, candidates backed by Trump (i.e., Luther Strange, Roy Moore, Rick Saccone, Ed Gillespie) also lost. ("It may have cost me an election, in this case, but I stand by every one of those decisions to disagree with the president.") Not every Republican - certainly not House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) - is willing to take that risk by crossing Trump.

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