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Blankenship: I'm Trumpier than Trump

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Shown here are maps and campaign signs at Republican headquarters in Wadsworth Ohio

With Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship gaining widespread attention in the lead-up to Tuesday, Trump tweeted early Monday morning - urging West Virginians to vote against the coal baron.

In urging a vote against Blankenship, Trump follows in the footsteps of his son - Donald Trump Jr. - who, at the end of last week, tweeted: "I hate to lose". He added that the "institution would be misinforming him because they usually do not desire me to function as from the U.S. Senate and market the President's schedule".

Republicans have their sights set on the West Virginia Senate race, believing they can unseat Democrat Joe Manchin.

So I'm gonna go out on a limb here and ask the people of West Virginia to make a wise decision and reject Blankenship! Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State...

Trump, seeking to tap into nativist sentiment across the country, kicked off his 2016 campaign with harsh rhetoric on Mexican immigrations to the United States, labeling undocumented immigrants as "rapists" who are "bringing drugs" and "bringing crime". Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Blankenship spent a year behind bars after an explosion at his company's Upper Big Branch mine killed 29 people in 2010.

Former coal tycoon Don Blankenship believes President Donald Trump is not supporting his campaign for Senate because the president is too busy to notice that he is more Trump than Trump. Moore lost a deep red seat to Democrat Doug Jones, thinning Republican's majority in the U.S. Senate to the current 51-49 margin.

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Blankenship argued that neither Jenkins or Morrisey could beat Manchin without his support, but he would prevail over the Democratic stalwart "even without the support of the establishment".

Blankenship has made his opposition to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. a centerpiece of the campaign in which he referred to McConnell's in-laws as his "China family" in a recent campaign ad.

He has particularly targeted Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, claiming he is a "swamp captain" who has "given millions of jobs to China people".

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".

"Todd Rokita puts on a MAGA hat, he runs around the state, but on the tough votes...he's against President Trump", GOP Rep. Luke Messer said of his Republican House colleague Rokita in a debate last month.

"This idea that calling someone a "Chinaperson" - I mean, I'm an American-person - I don't see this insinuation by the press that there is something racist about saying a 'Chinaperson, '" Blankenship said.

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