Trump rips Conor Lamb as '#LambTheSham' in endorsing his GOP opponent

Trump rips Conor Lamb as '#LambTheSham' in endorsing his GOP opponent
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE attacked Pennsylvania Rep. Conor Lamb (D) in a pair of tweets Saturday morning that endorsed Lamb's opponent, Rep. Keith RothfusKeith James RothfusThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Trump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 Pennsylvania New Members 2019 MORE (R-Pa.), in the battle for the state's newly drawn 17th District.

Trump tweeted his support for Rothfus on Saturday as Vice President Pence headed to the state to campaign for Rothfus. He also resurfaced a nickname for Lamb, "Lamb the Sham."

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The two congressmen are dueling for the newly drawn district, currently held by Rep. Matt CartwrightMatthew (Matt) Alton CartwrightAssault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress The 11 House Dems from Trump districts who support assault weapons ban WHIP LIST: The 228 House Democrats backing an impeachment inquiry MORE (D), who himself was redistricted to Pennsylvania's 8th District.

".@VP Pence is heading to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where we have both strongly endorsed one of the finest men around, Congressman Keith @RothfusForPA. He is running against #LambTheSham, who is telling everyone how much he likes me, but he will only vote with Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump-GOP tensions over Syria show signs of easing Democratic debate starts with immediate question on Trump impeachment White House, Pentagon, Giuliani reject House subpoenas MORE. Keith is strong on borders and tough on crime — and loves cutting taxes! #MAGA" Trump tweeted.

Trump has previously claimed that Lamb was elected to Pennsylvania's 18th District in a special election this year only because of his support for the Trump administration's policies, including erroneously stating that Lamb supported the GOP tax plan.

“The young man last night that ran, he said, ‘Oh, I’m like Trump. Second Amendment, everything. I love the tax cuts, everything.’ He ran on that basis,” the president told donors after Lamb's victory, according to The Atlantic. “He ran on a campaign that said very nice things about me. I said, ‘Is he a Republican? He sounds like a Republican to me.’ ”

The Cook Political Report rates Pennsylvania's newly drawn 17th District, the result of the state Supreme Court finding the old state map unconstitutional, a "toss-up" heading into November's midterm elections where Democrats hope to pick up 23 seats and retake the House.

 

This article was updated at 11:33 a.m. to clarify Rep. Lamb's stance on the GOP tax reform bill, passed in December.