"I think it could be misunderstood - people love Trump's policies and his commitment to West Virginia, they don't necessarily love individuals". "Problem is, Don Blankenship, now running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State ..." That in itself has echoes of Alabama, where Roy Moore proclaimed himself the most Trumpian candidate in the GOP primary despite Trump's endorsement of Luther Strange.
He said a Blankenship nomination would guarantee a win for U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in November.
The president's tweet did not mention that he originally endorsed Mr Moore.
Blankenship was responding to a Trump tweet Monday imploring West Virginians not to vote for the former Massey Energy CEO.
Blankenship hit back on Monday: "We all really like President Trump's policies but we know he doesn't get things right".
"This morning, President Trump gave us a wonderful shoutout, saying he was encouraging support for Evan Jenkins for Senate in the Republican primary tomorrow", Jenkins said, not mentioning that the president also expressed support for Morrisey.More news: 'Fox & Friends' host: Trump CIA nominee should be 'proud' of enhanced interrogation
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In this campaign ad Blankenship uses the phrase "China people" and refers to the family of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who was born in Taiwan and is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, his "China family".
The statement shocked an entirely caught off-guard Blankenship team and crystalized the Republican opposition against them.
"The problem isn't that Don Blankenship can't win a general election in West Virginia, it's that he shouldn't win a general election in West Virginia". Trump supported Moore, who was accused of sexual assault against children, in the race against Democrat Doug Jones.
Both O'Connell and Trippi said this primary split has been a detriment to Republican Senate elections and Democratic House elections, where far-left candidates have been widening the field.
During an appearance today on MetroNews' "Talkline", West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said he believes momentum is on his side heading into Primary Election Day. Or the country. People now see winning as the only goal.
Although Tuesday's primaries are taking place in four states that Hillary Clinton lost in 2016, Democrats are eyeing a number of U.S. House seats as potential building blocks in their attempt to retake the lower chamber this year.
Trump has made clear - over and over and over again - that he likes winners.