W. Va. rep calls on Senate challenger to renounce Bannon's support

W. Va. rep calls on Senate challenger to renounce Bannon's support
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West Virginia Rep. Evan JenkinsEvan Hollin JenkinsBlankenship wants to 'make sure' Morrisey doesn't win Senate bid Five takeaways from Tuesday’s primary fights Trump called Blankenship after Senate primary loss: report MORE (R) is calling on his primary challenger to renounce his support from former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon after the Breitbart News chief was quoted in a book attacking President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo to outline post-deal strategy on Iran Trump asking aides whether he should proceed with North Korea summit: report Stopping Robert Mueller to protect us all MORE and his son, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpMueller probing Israeli businessman connected to UAE Warner: Why doesn't Trump understand that it's illegal for other countries to interfere in US elections? Warner sees 'credible components' in report that foreign governments offered to aid Trump campaign MORE

Jenkins on Wednesday called on Patrick Morrisey (R) to "renounce" Bannon's support for his campaign. Bannon backed Morrisey's primary campaign last June.

"After Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonFacebook should not be a meeting ground for America’s most racist Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers target Chinese tech giants | Dems move to save top cyber post | Trump gets a new CIA chief | Ryan delays election security briefing | Twitter CEO meets lawmakers Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says he's been contacted by FBI, DOJ MORE's vicious attacks on President Trump and his family, Patrick Morrisey should immediately disavow Bannon's support," Jenkins said in his statement.

"If he refuses, West Virginians will know that what President Trump said of Bannon today is also true of Morrisey: 'he is only in it for himself,'" Jenkins added.

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Bannon was quoted Wednesday in an excerpt from an upcoming book by Michael Wolff attacking the Trump family. Bannon reportedly said of a June meeting Trump Jr. took last year at Trump Tower along with Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThis week: House GOP regroups after farm bill failure Trump admin looking at June release for Mideast peace plan: report Trump: I will sign a prison reform bill MORE and Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortBolton leaned on ex-lobbyist fired from Trump’s transition team to build NSC: report Trump-Russia probe marks one-year anniversary: This is what it has accomplished Trump suggests Justice Department is trying to frame him MORE with a Russian lawyer that promised "dirt" on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonStopping Robert Mueller to protect us all Hillary Clinton hits Trump, pulls out Russian hat during Yale speech Giuliani: Mueller plans to wrap up Trump obstruction probe by Sept. 1 MORE that it was "treasonous" and there was "zero" chance his father, then-candidate Donald Trump, didn't know it took place.

Jenkins's statement goes on to attack Morrisey for declining to publicly endorse Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign until months after the Republican National Convention. Morrisey did not attack Trump but declined to support a GOP candidate until around the convention.

Jenkins's campaign has sought to paint Morrisey as a backer of the #NeverTrump movement, which sought to block Trump from obtaining the GOP nomination. Morrisey's campaign called the accusation "laughable."

"For months, Patrick Morrisey was #NeverTrump ... and now he's lying about it,” a video created by Jenkins's campaign in August said.

"This is laughable coming from Evan Jenkins, a former liberal Democrat who supported Hillary Clinton, cap-and-trade, ObamaCare, taxpayer-funded abortions and gun control,” said Morrisey's spokeswoman Nachama Soloveichik at the time.

Jenkins and Morrisey are battling in a heated GOP primary; the election will be held in May and the winner will face the winner of the Democratic primary in November. Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump to hold Nashville rally amid efforts to boost GOP Senate hopeful Voters Dems need aren't impressed by anti-waterboarding showboating Overnight Finance: House rejects farm bill in conservative revolt | NAFTA deal remains elusive as talks drag on | Dodd-Frank rollback set for House vote MORE (D) currently holds the seat.