Forget the flag, Republican candidates are trying to wrap themselves in Trump for 2018 primaries

Matija Semijalac / Flickr Donald Trump...
Matija Semijalac / Flickr

Democrats running for office in 2018 are not being shy about their opposition to Donald Trump—as you’d expect. But even as Trump’s unpopularity endangers many Republicans, the way through a competitive GOP primary is to hug him tight, and candidates are doing just that:

  • Here’s Todd Rokita running in the May 8 Indiana Senate primary: “[GOP opponent] Luke Messer — he plotted with the Never-Trumpers to steal the nomination from President Trump… I’m Todd Rokita and I’ll proudly stand with our president and Mike Pence to drain the swamp,” he says in a TV ad as he dons a red “Make America Great Again” hat.
  • Here’s Messer’s own TV ad: “I’m Luke Messer. I get teamwork. That’s why I back President Trump’s agenda — tax cuts, pro-life and funding for our troops.” (Messer’s campaign also has seized on the news that Rokita called Trump “vulgar, if not profane” in a 2016 interview explaining why he backed Marco Rubio at the time.)

“I am 100 percent on the side of the historically unpopular president.” “No, I am. You said he wasn’t the greatest man in the history of ever that one time.” Is the next step up from putting on a MAGA hat in an ad for a candidate to run an ad showing himself getting a Trump-themed tattoo?

Many of the candidates hugging Trump the tightest are in deep red districts and states, of course, but there are also plenty of districts where primary Trump-love could be a problem in the general election. Which is to say … go for it, guys.

Thank you to all who already support our work since we could not exist without your generosity. If you have not already, please consider supporting us on Patreon to ensure we can continue bringing you the best of independent journalism.

Leave a Comment

1 Comment on "Forget the flag, Republican candidates are trying to wrap themselves in Trump for 2018 primaries"

avatar
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
pat
Guest

Blind Trump-worship only goes so far even in deep red districts. By all means, go for it. You’ll have time to analyze your loss, I guarantee it.