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 TrumpSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base Ann Coulter blasts Trump shutdown compromise: ‘We voted for Trump and got Jeb!’ MORE on Wednesday revived his attacks on Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterCentrist efforts to convince Trump to end shutdown falter Dems offer measure to raise minimum wage to per hour Some Senate Dems see Ocasio-Cortez as weak spokeswoman for party 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 KavanaughThe Memo: Concern over shutdown grows in Trump World Merriam-Webster tweets out definition of 'suborn' after BuzzFeed report on Michael Cohen Abortion foes march into divided Washington 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.