Campos-Duffy: 'Dangerous' for Trump to Expend Political Capital Opposing Blankenship
Rachel Campos-Duffy said it's "dangerous" for President Trump to expend political capital opposing Don Blankenship, a Republican hopeful for Senate in West Virginia.
Trump took to Twitter on Monday to urge West Virginia voters to support Rep. Evan Jenkins (W.Va.) or West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in Tuesday's election, arguing that Blankenship couldn't win in the general election.
"Remember Alabama," Trump urged, referring to Republican candidate Roy Moore's shocking loss to Democrat Doug Jones in the state's December 2017 special election.
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
Blankenship, a former coal baron who served time in prison for conspiracy to violate mine safety standards, took significant criticism for using the phrase “China person” to describe the father of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is married to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and for dubbing McConnell "Cocaine Mitch."
On "Outnumbered" on Tuesday, Campos-Duffy said Blankenship certainly has created controversy, but he came across as the most authentic candidate at a Fox News GOP primary debate earlier this month.
She said Jenkins and Morrisey seem to be "pre-Trump candidates," while Blankenship seems like a better candidate in the new political landscape.
"He answered very directly to the people," she said. "And I think this is a new era of authenticity. And authentic candidates will be rewarded. And so I think it's a little dangerous for the president to expend his capital against Blankenship on this one."
Jessica Tarlov responded by saying Blankenship's "racist language" should be rejected and his claims about McConnell's family are a "complete fallacy."
Some recent polls have shown Blankenship with a slight lead over Jenkins and Morrisey. The winner of the GOP nomination will go on to face Sen. Joe Manchin (D) in November's general election.
Gianno Caldwell said Republicans must focus on putting forth candidates who can win in November and block Democrats from pushing for impeachment.
Watch the "Outnumbered" segment above.