Don Blankenship Is Not Going Quietly
felonconspirator*, Nevada Resident, and US Senate candidate for the State of West Virginia Don Blankenship’s bizarre campaign is back in the news. Following last weeks highly controversial ad, and his defense thereof, in which he…well, maybe better to just watch it, from MSNBC:
Fast forward to Monday morning, and President Trump dedicated one of his customary morning tweets to the subject:
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
Trump, who invited candidates Rep. Jenkins and AG Morrisey to sit on either side of him during a recent appearance in the Mountain State, won West Virginia by 42 points in the 2016 campaign. The snub to Blankenship didn’t go unnoticed. Many have drawn comparisons to other recent problematic candidates, namely Roy Moore in Alabama. Among those to bring up Presidents Trump’s endorsement of Moore is…Don Blankenship?
"He recommended that people vote for a guy accused of pedophilia," Blankenship says of Trump. He says his accusers are Obama and Hillary
— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) May 7, 2018
His assertion that the government, and not the company he lead that was cited over 1300 times for violations, was responsible for the Upper Big Branch tragedy is not new.
He's been saying this. While he was in prison he posted a lengthy rant on his website saying this, calling himself an "American political prisoner." He mailed booklets out, too. https://t.co/sKD1IDj20o https://t.co/lMMaIGmQfG
— Paige Lavender (@paigelav) May 7, 2018
Blankenship shrugged off the tweet in a statement to reporters, saying Trump “is a very busy man and he doesn’t know me and he doesn’t know how flawed my two main opponents are in this primary.”
“The establishment is misinforming him because they do not want me to be in the U.S. Senate and promote the president’s agenda,” Blankenship continued. “Tomorrow, West Virginia will send the swamp a message—no one, I mean no one, will tell us how to vote.
As some have said, I am Trumpier than Trump and this morning proves it.”
WV primary is tomorrow, May 8th.
What say you? Login and Comment.
New to Ordinary Times? Welcome! Start here.
*Previous version of this post incorrectly noted Blankenship’s conviction as a felony, where as it was a misdemeanor conspiracy charge with the maximum sentence. He was acquitted of the felony charges.