Trump embraces ND Republican, turns rhetoric on Heitkamp

Larry Hoffman
June 30, 2018

"We got here at 5:00 p.m. hoping to get in", Trump supporter Alyssa Anderson said.

It took a while, but the White House has finally focused on a winnable Senate election in North Dakota. The loudest cheers didn't come when the president talked about Cramer or Heitkamp, they came when he mentioned the Supreme Court upholding his travel ban and how immigration agents are throwing MS-13 gang members out of the country "by the thousands".

In a later statement, Democratic-NPL Party faulted Cramer for the trade war and its impact on North Dakota agriculture, saying his actions "threaten the livelihood of North Dakota's farmers and ranchers".

Cramer, a three-term congressman and former state party chair who was personally urged by President Trump to run against Heitkamp, is attempting to paint her as an "out-of-touch liberal", and points to her support of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as evidence.

Trump is reacting to the news and discussing the process of picking a replacement at a rally in Fargo, North Dakota, on Wednesday for Republican Senate candidate Kevin Cramer. But Wednesday night, the president made clear that has changed in a major way. Heidi Heitkamp. The president described Cramer as "a special person", an "incredible person" and a "good guy". But, referring to the rally, said, "Maybe because of this she will be forced to vote 'yes'". Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in her home state Wednesday night, despite the two having a cordial past.

The arena was filled with filled with red, white and blue apparel, with many pieces stitched with Trump's name or his campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again". He argued Heitkamp will vote against his pick, although she supported his first nominee, Neil Gorsuch. He says, "We have to pick a great one" who will serve for 40 or 45 years. CNN's Jeff Zeleny, who called Heitkamp Trump's once "favorite Democrat", approached the senator this week to ask her if she ever considered becoming a Republican.

"I hate it, I meet these people, they call it the elite", Trump told the crowd, The Hill reported.

"Justice Anthony Kennedy, a very special guy also, just announced a little while ago, his retirement from the United States Supreme Court".

President Donald Trump gestures during a rally at Airport High School in West Columbia, S.C., Monday, June 25, 2018, for Republican Gov. Henry McMaster. In recent weeks, he had frustrated Cramer with the appearance of friendly ties to Heitkamp, particularly after she was seated next to the president during the signing into law of a banking deregulation bill.

Trump said he was happy that Pelosi and California Rep. Maxine Waters would remain the faces of the Democratic Party.

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