Trump blasts Steyer as a 'joke' and 'a total incompetent' before SC primary

Trump blasts Steyer as a 'joke' and 'a total incompetent' before SC primary
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE hit billionaire businessman Tom SteyerTom SteyerProgressive advocates propose T 'green stimulus' plan Candidates want data privacy rules, except for their own campaigns Budowsky: Biden should pull together a 'dream team of rivals' MORE ahead of Saturday's presidential primary in South Carolina, where Steyer is hoping for a strong showing.

“To the people of South Carolina, Tom Steyer is a joke, laughed at by everyone, a total incompetent. He made money in coal, now he ‘hates’ coal. Did you see him fawning over Crazy Bernie? Has no chance, a loser for South Carolina, doesn’t deserve your vote!” Trump tweeted. 

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Steyer has cast himself as the “climate change candidate,” saying the issue would be his No. 1 priority if he were elected president. Among other things, Steyer has proposed eliminating energy produced by coal and fossil fuels and producing 100 percent clean electricity by 2040.

Dismal showings in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada have cast doubt as to Steyer’s electability after he broke the top five only in the Silver State. However, Steyer has invested heavily in South Carolina with a particular focus on ginning up support from black voters, who are estimated to make up about 60 percent of the state’s Democratic primary electorate.

Steyer has spent more than $1.5 million on Facebook ads in the Palmetto State in the past three months and $643,949 in roughly the last 30 days. The spending has accounted for 68 percent of all dollars spent on the ads in South Carolina in the last 30 days among Democratic presidential contenders. 

The spending surge comes as Steyer moved to third place in the RealClearPolitics polling average in South Carolina, though he still trails former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Is Texas learning to love ObamaCare? Romney warns Trump: Don't interfere with coronavirus relief oversight MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight MORE (I-Vt.) by several points.