Primaries Show Republicans 'Are the Party of President Trump'

Arturo Kim
June 18, 2018

Less than three hours before SC polls closed on Tuesday in the state's primary elections, President Donald Trump fired off a series of insults against Republican Rep. Mark Sanford and endorsed his GOP opponent, state Rep.

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"I think it's quite obvious that people don't like, you know, when somebody's overly critical of the President", said Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of IL.

"Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA".

So you see this all over the place, not just on the campaign trail, also in the House. In races across the country when women ran they emerged as their party's nominees.

Put simply, it's a numbers game, said Rep. Chris Collins, a New York Republican.

Sanford is the second incumbent Republican to lose his primary race this cycle.

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As of midnight Tuesday only about half the state's votes had been counted with no results for contested primaries.

Congressman Mark Sanford lost his first political race.

"I think the thing is representation", Sara Haines explained. Many don't care that she's been a reliable vote for the Trump agenda since he took office. One wrong turn - or in Sanford's case, many - and they could endure the wrath of a president who is quick to attack detractors as enemies, even those from his own party.

There are also primaries in some of South Carolina's seven congressional districts. "But it tells us we need to bring a little more civility in how we actually do that".

Congressman Justin Amash called Sanford one of the most "principled" conservatives in Congress.

"I would start by praising the president - what he's doing in North Korea, what he's done on tax reform, what he's done with the Supreme Court. and then say, 'But here's an issue in my local area where I have some disagreement or I'd like to be something different, '" Collins said. "I go to the White House, and there's been an open door and a dialogue going on". The chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee criticized Republicans for being too afraid to "poke the bear" (a.k.a. Trump). "And again everybody, what you do as an elected official is, an old-time senator told me years ago, the name of the game is staying in the game".

"I don't think the timing was deliberate". After the shooting at congressional Republicans' baseball practice, Sanford on MSNBC said Trump is "partially to blame for demons that have been unleashed" in American politics. "I believe human activity is having a measurable effect on the environment", he wrote in a 2007 Washington Post op-ed.

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