Former U.S. Marine combat pilot Amy McGrath (D) announced on Tuesday that she was ready to go head-to-head with McConnell — who has served as a Kentucky senator for 35 years — in an effort to take over his seat in the Senate.
However, the president is backing McConnell’s reelection bid.
“Why would Kentucky ever think of giving up the most powerful position in Congress, the Senate Majority Leader, for a freshman Senator with little power in what will hopefully be the minority party,” he said. “We need Mitch in the Senate to Keep America Great!!”
….Why would Kentucky ever think of giving up the most powerful position in Congress, the Senate Majority Leader, for a freshman Senator with little power in what will hopefully be the minority party. We need Mitch in the Senate to Keep America Great!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2019
As for Trump’s remark on McGrath comparing his 2016 presidential election to the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the Democratic challenger previously said, “The only feeling I can describe that’s any close to it was the feeling I had after 9/11.”
She then tried to explain her comparison during a CNN interview, but confessed she “can see why, you know, folks might be upset about that.”
“Many of us were spurred into action by what happened in 2016, the labeling of each other as, ‘They’re all Communist or they’re all this or they’re all that.’ And the fake news, the divisiveness of our country was something I had never seen before. My husband is a Republican. I’m a Democrat. We took stock of that after the election and we said, ‘Where are we as a country?’ And that way it was the same thing for me was looking at that tragic event in taking stock of: ‘Where are we as a country?’ So that’s what I was saying, and I can see why, you know, folks might be upset about that. But that is what I was saying.”
McConnell’s campaign teammate labeled McGrath’s remarks “embarrassing.”
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— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) July 9, 2019
While McGrath is looking to unseat McConnell and has brought in over $2.5 million in the first 24 hours of her campaign, she ran for the state’s 6th Congressional District in 2018 but lost to Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.).