Trump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally

Trump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone MORE on Wednesday revived his attacks on Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) Tester20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall Overnight Energy: Bipartisan Senate group seeks more funding for carbon capture technology | Dems want documents on Interior pick's lobbying work | Officials push to produce more electric vehicle batteries in US Bipartisan senators want 'highest possible' funding for carbon capture technology MORE (D-Mont.), one day before the president is set to hold a rally for Tester's political opponent.

The president lambasted Tester over his handling of workplace misconduct allegations against White House doctor and Trump's one-time Secretary of Veterans' Affairs nominee, Adm. Ronny Jackson.

"Ever since his vicious and totally false statements about Admiral Ron Jackson, the highly respected White House Doctor for Obama, Bush & me, Senator John Tester looks to be in big trouble in the Great State of Montana!" Trump wrote in a tweet, misspelling Tester's first name.

He went on to compare Tester's actions to Democrats' behavior when Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughJuan Williams: Buttigieg already making history Dems plot next move in Trump tax-return battle Fight over census citizenship question hits Supreme Court MORE was accused of sexual assault, suggesting the Montana Democrat's actions were worse.

Trump's renewed criticism of Tester came on the eve of a campaign rally in Missoula, Mont., for Tester's Senate opponent, Matt Rosendale (R).

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After Jackson was nominated to head the VA in April, Tester's office released allegations that the White House doctor fostered a hostile work environment, improperly dispensed prescription drugs and drank on the job. The claims were based on interviews with colleagues of Jackson's.

Jackson and the White House both denied the allegations, but the doctor ultimately withdrew his nomination.

While Trump launched a barrage of attacks on Tester in response, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), the top Republican on the Veterans' Affairs Committee, broke with Trump and his blistering criticism of Tester to come to the Democrat's defense, saying he did not have a problem with how the allegations were handled.

Tester is among the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election next month, as Trump won Montana by more than 20 percentage points in the 2016 election.

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election forecaster, rates the Montana Senate election as a  "toss-up," and a RealClearPolitics average of polls in the race shows Tester with a 3-point lead.