Donald Trump is trying to toe the party line, at least when it comes to endorsing Republican candidates ahead of the 2018 midterms. The problem is that he’s not very good at it. He’s stuck on the exact same talking points with each of them: weak on crime, weak on borders, week on the Second Amendment, wants to raise taxes.
This morning’s tweet, however, included an additional slam.
Nancy Pelosi is a favorite target of Trump’s. As a woman with a successful career in politics who openly opposes Trump, she comprises many of the things that so enrages the president. His attack on Balderson’s opponent, Danny O’Connor, is going to come up many times during the campaign up until Ohio’s August special election, although it isn’t exactly what the GOP will try to say it is.
Republicans are insisting that O’Connor lied when he said he wouldn’t back Pelosi as speaker of the House once elected if she chooses to run again. That claim comes from an interview between O’Connor and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, which is available to view above and shows clearly that the GOP is only telling part of the story.
O’Connor was asked repeatedly whether or not he would vote for Pelosi and he continued to say that he would prefer new leadership. After being pressed even harder to say whether or not he would stand as one of the 218 votes needed if it came to that in confirming Nancy Pelosi and O’Connor finally said, when the question was put that way, that he would.
The GOP candidate and Trump conveniently leave that part out.
Twitter was also not falling for the spin. See some of their comments below: